In April, 1988, Rite Aid, then the nation’s largest drugstore company, bought Richmond-based Begley’s for $18.5 million. It won a nine-week takeover battle against SupeRx of Arizona, Georgia and Alabama Corp. Begley had 43 drugstores in Kentucky and 140 dry-cleaning outlets in 10 states under the name Big B One Hour Cleaners. The Begley Co. once employed 1,400 people.
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