Second Perry Hall Walgreens to Open Winter 2012
The drug store will open in place of the since-demolished Direct Home Furnishings.
Perry Hall has no shortage of chain drug stores—and soon there will be one more.
Next winter, a Walgreens is expected to open on the site of the demolished Direct Home Furnishings at 8650 Belair Road, a company spokesman said.
The new store will be built about two miles south of another Walgreens, which opened in 2000. Two Rite Aid stores, on Belair and Ebenezer roads, and two CVS stores, about two-and-a-half miles apart on Belair Road, also serve the community.
Wayne Lauman, past owner of Direct Home Furnishings, formerly known as Lauman's Furniture, sold the property to the Walgreens corporation in 2010.
Lauman, a longtime Perry Hall resident who currently lives in Ocean City and runs deep sea fishing charters, said that he began searching for a buyer for the struggling furniture business in 2009.
"I had to generate some income ... we received some interest from Walgreens," he said.
Robert Elfinger, a Walgreens spokesman, said he could not comment on the geographic spacing of stores or how locations were chosen.
The new store, about 14,550 square feet, will include a pharmacy, a grocery section and "aisles of everyday essential items," Elfinger said.
The store will join 7,680 other Walgreens stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, he added.