Pharmacy grows despite sluggish economy

The first of several planned free-standing CVS Pharmacies in the area will soon start going up at intersection of Centralia Road and Route 10.

Work at the site of the new pharmacy at Centralia Road near the courthouse began in late April, said Brian McNeal, a project manager with The Rebkee Company.

In a recent interview, Norman Campbell, a principal planner with Chesterfield County, said the store’s parking lot would be accessed from Centralia Road and Route 10. A building permit hasn’t been issued for the site yet.

Construction of the building is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year, with the store opening in Jan 2011, McNeal said. The store currently in the Chesterfield Meadows Shopping Center is being relocated, he said.

Corner sites are selected primarily for two reasons:  Access and visibility, he said. “A corner generally will give you two points of ingress and egress,” McNeal said. “It just makes your building and your entire site much more visible.”

The 13,600-square-foot building will have a drive-thru – like most new free-standing CVS Pharmacy locations – and “it will not look like any other CVS you’ve ever seen,” he said. It’s going to include a “tremendous amount” of architectural features that were proffered during the property’s rezoning, he said.

McNeal said he didn’t know whether MARTIN’S would expand into the space CVS will leave in the shopping center, but “it would seem to be a natural progression in there.”

Another CVS, planned for the intersection of Chalkley Road and Route 10, is on hold for now, McNeal said. That 13,225-square-foot store will also have some special architectural characteristics, he said.

“They have chosen to wait out the economy on that one,” he said, though the land has been purchased and a site plan has been approved. “Right now there’s just not enough homes to justify the expenditure of a brand new building.”

A CVS at the corner of Omo Road and Route 10 is also in the works, but it’s in the preliminary stages of development, McNeal said.

“Even in this economy, there’s still a demand for [CVS’s] product, which still generates a need for free-standing stores,” he said. They carry a large – and expanding – mix of products, he said.


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