POCA, W.Va. — The longtime distribution center for the Rite Aid drugstore chain in Putnam County will be closed in 2016. Rite Aid made the announcement Sunday afternoon.

The Poca facility employs 250 people about half of whom are members of the Teamsters Union. Contract talks with the Teamsters broke down in December, but workers agreed to stay on the job as the talks continued.

Rite Aid says the 35-year-old warehouse and distribution center is in need of modernization, but the cost is too substantial to make it worthwhile. The company says it will explore other options of distribution and improving efficiency for the distribution of products.

Teamsters Union leaders say they made a proposal to the company which would improve efficiency by 20 to 30 percent, however the idea was rejected.

Rite Aid has 106 stores in West Virginia. Sixty of those stores are served by the Poca Warehouse and Distribution Center.

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    I would like to clarify some remarks made here coming from people who don't know what they are talking about. It is NOT the workers fault it's Rite Aids fault, they want to break the union like they did in other states. They don't want a contract they only want employees to pay all their insurance and take a pay cut. It is NOT the unions fault, they have been trying to work with Rite Aid, Rite Aid doesn't want a contract they only want closure. So think twice about speaking on a subject you don't know anything about.

  • Mason County Contrarian

    I'll wager that thirty-five years ago the Fatcat Politicians were touting this as a "game changer", just like Coldwater Creek years later.

  • DJ

    I worked there for 4 years. It is the workers faults. They wanted to make $20 per hour to do a job that required no real skills. Anywhere else they would make $11.

  • lee

    Unions like our government need's radical changes but since most people are sheep it will never happen.

  • northforkfisher

    Let me say this first, I don't like unions and no way do I support them. There is a few unions that are actually good for the workers, and the company.
    Most people don't look at the fact if their jobs and overall products can support a union. What I mean is, that some places can not make enough to pay the wages and benefits that most unions ask for.

  • DWL

    Love that UNION Label ..... Gang of thug Teamsters cause 250 to be tossed aside. I love it. That's what happens when you let thieves in the door. What's the union going to do for you now? Besides send your money to the m0r0n's campaign.

  • Don

    You all have no idea what being a working person is.

  • Low Rider

    Why would you have to "propose" to improve efficiency? Why wouldn't you just do it? I love how the unions always want something in exchange for efficiency. Ummm...how about job security?

    • Gary

      You wouldn't understand unless you have worked there .

    • ViennaGuy

      - Why would you have to "propose" to improve efficiency? Why wouldn't you just do it? -

      Work rules. The work rules are a negotiated part of the contract.

  • Freight Worker

    I worked alongside members of Teamsters 175 for almost 30 years. The few good workers were greatly outnumbered by loafers, workmens comp milkers, and general trouble makers. The Rite Aid warehouse was well-known as one of the worst. The Teamsters deserve what ever they get.

    • Kelly

      What a shame as the careers. Of hardworking men and women get derailed by the pathetic lazy teamster attitude.

  • Voter

    Yes, I agree it was the union not the building.

  • Curly Joe

    My guess is that the teamsters included a 50% wage/benefit increase along with their "proposal for 20 to 30% efficiency improvement". When will unions learn that the golden goose sooner or later just can't keep giving those eggs?