Don't be fooled—Perry Hall's second Walgreens may appear finished, but it isn't expected to open for a few more months.
The store at 8650 Belair Road, at the Silver Spring Road intersection, is expected to open "towards the end of summer," said Walgreens spokesperson Robert Elfinger.
Elfinger said he did not have any further information on why the opening seems to be delayed. Company representatives originally told Patch the store would open in winter of 2012, but later adjusted the projected opening to early May.
At about 14,550 square feet, the new store will include a pharmacy, a grocery section and "aisles of everyday essential items," Elfinger told Patch in April 2011.
Between 25 and 30 employees are expected to be hired, Walgreens spokesperson Vivika Panagiotakakos told Patch in February 2012.
Its construction has drawn ire from some residents, causing one Patch reader to suggest Perry Hall change its signs to include: "Welcome to Perry Hall, a great place to get your prescriptions filled!"
The new Walgreens location is just two miles from an existing store. But this isn't uncommon, company spokesperson Tiffani Washington told Patch in June 2011. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live within three miles of a Walgreens, she said.
The new 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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