A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 23, 2011
Rong Aid (Rite Aid nickname)

Rite Aid pharmacy stores began in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1862 as Thrif D Discount Center. Rite Aid’s chief national competitors include Walgreens (which purchased the New York City-founded Duane Reade stores) and CVS.

The Rite Aid nickname of “Rong Aid” has been cited in print since at least 1998.


Wikipedia: Rite Aid
Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) is a drugstore chain in the United States and a Fortune 500 company headquartered in East Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania, near Camp Hill. It operates more than 4,780 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia, features a strong presence on both the East and West Coasts, and employs approximately 109,000 associates. Rite Aid is the largest drugstore chain on the East Coast and the third largest drugstore chain in the U.S.

Rite Aid began in 1962 as a single store opened in Scranton, Pennsylvania called Thrif D Discount Center. After several years of growth, Rite Aid adopted its current name and debuted as a public company in 1968. Today, Rite Aid is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker RAD. Rite Aid reported total sales of USD $24.3 billion in fiscal year 2008. In 2008, its market capitalization dropped to under $500 million. As of 25 February 2010, the market capitalization of Rite Aid was about $1.3 billion.

Its major competitors are CVS and Walgreens.

Urban Dictionary
rong-aid
a knock-off version of the Rite-Aid Pharmacy. Instead of prices being high and niggas are ugly as hell, they go to Walgreens and they cal them rong-aid.
Fuck going to the rite-aid. We are spending our money at the rong-aid. Mum, please dispose of the rite-aid papers in the rubbish. Keep the rong-aid, though.
by DMcC Jan 2, 2008

Google Groups: neworleans.general
Newsgroups: neworleans.general
From: (Carlos “Froggy” May)
Date: 1998/08/10
Subject: Rong Aid (was: starbucks)

True story:

I walked to a “Rite Aid” (because one is several blocks closer to my home than any other store) to try to buy something that location used to stock when they were a K&B.  I asked the cashier where they had those little felt or cork circles you could put under speakers or stuff so they wouldn’t scratch a table.  She said, “Yeah, I know what you’re talking about. No, we don’t have them any more. We don’t carry anything usefull here.”

That last sentance sums up Rong Aid pretty well.

Google Groups: la.general
Newsgroups: la.general
From: (Herc Wad)
Date: 1998/12/23
Subject: Re: They’re tearing down the Ambassador hotel for a #$&%@! mall!

Yet stores like Rong Aid and Smart & Final have little to do with the Miracle Mile’s once again thriving area along Wilshire Bl.

Google Groups: misc.transport.road
Newsgroups: misc.transport.road
From: (Urbanophile)
Date: 1999/12/17
Subject: Re: Newspaper nicknames (was Re: Princeton’s attitude problem)

And, while we’re at it, a few store-chain fake names:
Rong-Aid (Rite-Aid)
Section8-Mart (K-Mart)
PetFart (Pet Smart)
Home Repo (Home Depot)
Office Despot (Office Depot)

Xrlq
Friday, February 7, 2003
RONG AID
Howard objects to his local Rite Aid’s policy concerning debit cards, which he considers too lax.

Versatile Solutions for Modern Failure
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wrong! Not RITE at all! RONG-AID, god damn it!
Assuming you’ve ever needed a prescription filled, or maybe some cheap shampoo, i’m sure you have, at one time or another, found yourselves in a Rite Aid (publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker RAD, which is a complete and total misnomer).

vBulletin Forums
14-09-08 04:42 PM #1
NeuroManson Guest
So I was in Rong Aid...
And one of the things I spotted in the clearance aisle was a “spinner pen”.

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