Rite Aid and GNC Announce Extension of Partnership Through 2019

  Rite Aid and GNC Announce Extension of Partnership Through 2019

Business Wire

CAMP HILL, Pa. -- December 19, 2013

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains,
and GNC (NYSE:GNC), a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness
products, announced today an agreement which extends and expands their
existing partnership through 2019. The agreement enables Rite Aid to add at
least 300 additional GNC LiveWell™ store-within-a-store locations inside its
stores over the next five years. Rite Aid and GNC have had an exclusive
partnership in the chain drug channel since December 1998.

“Rite Aid’s strategic partnership with GNC is a point of differentiation, both
in the chain drug industry and with our customers,” said Ken Martindale, Rite
Aid president and chief operating officer. “With the extension of our retail
agreement with GNC, we will be able to continue bringing our customers the
outstanding lineup of highly popular GNC products they trust while delivering
on our mission of helping our customers meet their unique health and wellness
needs.”

As of Dec. 19, there are more than 2,200 GNC stores-within-a-store operating
in Rite Aid stores across the country, including a majority of Rite Aid
wellness stores.

“Rite Aid has long been an important part of GNC’s growth strategy, serving as
an invaluable partner as we’ve worked to grow our brand,” said Tom Dowd, GNC
executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and general manager. “As
a leading global specialty retailer of vitamins, minerals, and herbal
supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, GNC shares
Rite Aid’s commitment to improving the health and wellness of its customers.
We look forward to working together to bring our successful
‘store-within-a-store’ to more Rite Aid pharmacies over the next five years,
making it easier than ever for people to live well.”

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with
nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013
annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including
corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's
website at www.riteaid.com.

GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a leading global
specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins,
minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet
products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC."
The Company – which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well – has a
diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product
sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international
franchise activities, third party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and
corporate partnerships. GNC's broad and deep product mix, which is focused on
high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC
proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Ultra Mega®, Total Lean™, Pro
Performance®, Pro Performance® AMP, Beyond Raw®, and under nationally
recognized third party brands.As of September 30, 2013, GNC has more than
8,400 locations, of which more than 6,300 retail locations are in the United
States (including 984 franchise and 2,206 Rite Aid franchise
store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 54 countries
(including distribution centers where retail sales are made). Learn more at
www.gnc.com.

Contact:

Rite Aid
INVESTORS:
Matt Schroeder, 717-214-8867
investor@riteaid.com
or
MEDIA:
Ashley Flower, 717-975-5718
aflower@riteaid.com
or
GNC
INVESTORS:
Dennis Magulick, 412-288-4632
dennis-magulick@gnc-hq.com