Six of the nine Rite Aid stores in Berkshire County are now operating under the Walgreens brand; however, don't expect the outside store signage to change for a little while.

In a deal first initiated in 2015, Walgreens (finally) took over three Pittsfield Rite Aid locations, as well as the ones in North Adams, Williamstown, and Great Barrington.

Rite Aid will still operate three locations in The Berkshires, however, 37 Cheshire Rd. in Pittsfield (Allendale), 21 Columbia St. in Adams, and 25 Park St. in Lee.

Walgreens, which originally opened in Chicago back in 1901, has now surpassed CVS as the largest United States pharmacy chain.

As for clientele concerned about Rite Aid loyalty rewards cards, Walgreens will continue to accept them until the stores fully convert.

If you get prescriptions filled at one of the six Rite Aids that have been taken over by Walgreens, there is no need to call your doctor to have them "switched over", just an FYI.