Drive-thru pharmacy, self-serve frozen yogurt among perks at Pacific Highlands Ranch’s new Rite-Aid

Rite Aid Pharmacy District Manager Alan Sanford, Pharmacist Fatima Hamede, Store Manager Ann Marie Michel, Beauty Adviser Susanna Aleksandrova and District Manager Robert Pass in the new Pacific Highlands Ranch store. Photo by Karen Billing

The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley is now home to the first new Rite Aid to open in San Diego in 10 years. The store, which celebrated its grand opening July 24, is loaded with unique features such as a self-serve yogurt station, Thrifty ice cream, a Fresh Day Café serving Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf products, an extensive line of GNC products and the area’s only drive-through pharmacy lane.

The store is a model for Rite Aid’s new focus on wellness, with several services to keep customers healthy and happy.

“The community has been just great,” said Manager Ann Marie Michel. “We’re excited that we’re here and we’re excited to serve the community with their needs. It’s been fun.”

“This is a fantastic location,” echoed Pharmacy District Manager Alan Sanford, who has been with Rite Aid for 28 years. “We heard a lot of feedback from people who were anxious to see the store opened.”

Sanford said the pharmacy will be able to fill a valuable role in the community with expanded clinical pharmacy services including flu shots and immunizations, medication therapy management with the pharmacist and the ability to meet for private care consultations.

With Rite Aid’s OneTripRefills program, the pharmacist can coordinate refill dates so they’re available for pickup on the same day, saving time and simplifying prescription schedules.

Sanford said there are a lot of options to help people live a healthier lifestyle, including a wellness ambassador who can bridge the front of the store with the pharmacy end and help people access information on medications, vitamins and supplements.

There is even a beauty adviser in the bright and big cosmetic area.

“This store is incredibly amazing,” said District Manager Robert Pass.

Visit the new store at 13460 Highlands Place or call 858-755-7593. Rite Aid offers free health screenings and the next one, an allergy testing, will be held from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15.