Exterior of Rite Aid store A Rite Aid store in Buffalo, NY. (Photo: Wierzba Masonry)

DEERFIELD, IL—Published reports Monday suggested that Walgreens Boots Alliance might be able to pull off its scuttled merger with Rite Aid Corp. after all. However, the two drugstore chains announced Tuesday that they’d received Federal Trade Commission approval for an amended purchase agreement building on the one that emerged after the M&A deal collapsed in late June. WBA accordingly will go ahead and acquire 1,932 Rite Aid locations and three distribution centers for $4.375 billion in cash and other consideration.