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New CVS Store is Set to Open Soon

by on October 06, 2014 6:00 AM

Construction on the new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of North Atherton Street and West Cherry Lane is nearly complete, putting it on track to open by Sunday, October 12.

The new store is located at the site of the former Blockbuster store. The old building was demolished.

CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis says the remaining work is mostly interior. The new store will take the place of the current CVS store in the Highland Center shopping plaza, which is a less visible location.

All employees at the current store will transfer over the new location. DeAngelis says that management may hire additional employees as needed, which he describes as a “fluid process we’re constantly evaluating.”

DeAngelis says that the CVS company always looks for opportunities to relocate stores in strip shopping centers to freestanding locations.

“Freestanding stores tend to have better visibility and enhanced access for our customers,” DeAngelis says.

This isn't the only recent changes the company has made in the State College area. In July of last year, CVS closed its location in the Nittany Mall and opened a new location on South Atherton Street.

The CVS company opens about 200 stores a year, which is a combination of new construction and relocations.

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