UNITED STATES
                             Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                        SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 20, 2004

                              RITE AID CORPORATION
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

         Delaware                      1-5742                   23-1614034
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)     (I.R.S. Employer
      of incorporation)                                    Identification No.)

 30 Hunter Lane, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania                           17011
(Address of principal executive offices)                        (Zip Code)

                                 (717) 761-2633
             (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

         (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


Item 7.    Financial Statement and Exhibits

(c) Exhibits.

99.1     Notice to directors and executive officers of Rite Aid Corporation,
         dated August 20, 2004

Item 11.   Temporary Suspension of Trading under Registrant's Employee Benefit

         On August 20, 2004, Rite Aid Corporation (the "Company") sent a notice
to its directors and executive officers, informing them that each of The Rite
Aid 401(k) Plan, Rite Aid 401(k) Distribution Employees Savings Plan and Rite
Aid Services, L.L.C. 401(k) Plan (each a "Plan" and, collectively, the "Plans")
is changing its recordkeeper and investment options and that, as a result of
these changes, a blackout period is expected to be in effect beginning on
September 24, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time) and ending during the week of
October 3, 2004. During this blackout period, Plan participants will be unable
to direct or diversify investments in their individual accounts, or obtain a
loan, distribution or hardship withdrawal from their respective Plan, and
directors and executive officers of the Company will be prohibited from
purchasing, selling or otherwise acquiring or transferring certain equity
securities of the Company. The notice was provided pursuant to Section 306 of
the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and Rule 104 of Regulation BTR. A copy of the
notice is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is
incorporated herein by reference.

         During the blackout period and for a period of two years after the
ending date of the blackout period, a security holder or other interested
person may obtain, without charge, the actual beginning and ending dates of the
blackout period by directing inquiries to the Vice President, Benefits of the
Company, 30 Hunter Lane, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011, tel. (717) 761-2633.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                  RITE AID CORPORATION

                                  By: /s/ Robert B. Sari
                                      Name:  Robert B. Sari
                                      Title: Senior Vice President, General
                                             Counsel and Secretary

Date:  August 20, 2004

                                 EXHIBIT INDEX

  Number      Description
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   99.1       Notice to directors and executive officers of Rite Aid
              Corporation, dated August 20, 2004