Rain delays CVS opening until September

Published 12:21 am Friday, July 20, 2012

Andalusia’s new CVS/pharmacy will open in September, corporate officials said Wednesday.

Michael J, DeAngelis, the corporate director of public relations, said the store still plans to employ approximately 20 people at the new 12,900 square-foot store be located at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 84 and East Three Notch. Residents are sure to have noticed work at the site where the Barrow’s Furniture warehouse used to sit. On Wednesday, there were crews working both inside the stone block structure and at the former warehouse next door.

According to the corporate website, sites are chosen based on a number of criteria points, including a highly visible and easy accessible location in a high traffic area with parking room for 75 to 80 vehicles.

The city’s director of planning and zoning Andy Wiggins said at a recent ground breaking ceremony, corporate officials announced an August opening date.

Wiggins said Wednesday he believes recent rains have played a part in the construction delay and the old “Malfunction Junction” is no more.

“The road has been closed from the end of the building to the bypass,” he said. “In that process, once we got involved, we found that some of the property was in easements, meaning people still had ownership of the property. But, with the help of local attorneys, we got that cleared up and the property transferred to the city.

“Also, we had to petition the state to get the additional right-of-way on the bypass,” he said. “All that did take a while to get accomplished, but that was done before construction at the site started.”