Long-Awaited Perry Hall Walgreens to Open Friday
After more than two years of construction, Perry Hall's second Walgreens is set to open.
Perry Hall's second Walgreens will open to the public on Friday, and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for October, a store worker confirmed.
As of Wednesday afternoon, a sign on the front door read, "WALGREENS will be opening Friday, September 14th Thank You & Be Well!"
Prep work on the store at 8650 Belair Road and Silver Spring Road began more than two years ago.
In 2010, Wayne Lauman, past owner of Direct Home Furnishings, formerly Lauman's Furniture, sold the property to the Walgreens corporation. A lengthy demolition process followed.
Store representatives have declined to comment on the cause of delays.
Its construction has drawn ire from some residents, causing one Patch reader to suggest the community change its welcome signs to read: "Welcome to Perry Hall, a great place to get your prescriptions filled!"
But this level of concentration isn't uncommon, company spokesperson Tiffani Washington told Patch in June 2011. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live within three miles of a Walgreens.
The store's placement is the result of extensive research and is likely in response to Perry Hall's aging population, Washington said, adding that prescription drugs account for 65 percent of the company's total sales.
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