Walgreens will acquire nearly 2,000 Rite Aid locations by the end of next spring.

CHICAGO—Transaction volume in the drug store sector slowed over the past 18 months due to investor trepidation about the proposed merger between the retail giants Walgreens and Rite Aid, according to a new study out from the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in suburban Chicago. And until buyers know all the details of the deal, recently delayed and then approved by the government, they will continue to hedge their bets.

“Investors have a framework for how the merger will proceed but do not know store level specifics,” Randy Blankstein, president of Boulder, tells GlobeSt.com. “As soon as there is detailed store level closing level information transaction volume will pick up to previous levels and thus should be a boost to the net lease sector.”

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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