The new Walgreens under construction between Little River Turnpike, Columbia Pike, and Backlick Road is scheduled to open this fall. The 12,878-square foot building will have a drive-through pharmacy, and about 20 to 25 employees, said Walgreens spokesperson Robert Elfinger.
Even before it opens, Walgreens is showing an interest in the community. There are tentative plans for Walgreens to participate in a health fair with the ACCA Child Development Center in late May or early June.
The new Walgreens going up on Annandale Road near Route 50 will be larger, 14,550 square feet, and will also have a drive-through pharmacy, said Elfinger. That store is expected to open in summer 2014.
When deciding on new store locations, Elfinger said, Walgreens considers census data, population density, demographics, and vehicular and pedestrian traffic. “We want great corner locations that allow us to serve as many residents as we can,” he said, noting that the existence of a CVS or other drug store across the street isn’t a disadvantage.