UPDATE: Perry Hall Walgreens Opening Delayed, Eyeing October
Company officials have declined to comment on the cause of delays.
The opening of Perry Hall's second Walgreens store is delayed—again. But company representatives are mum on what's keeping the fully constructed store from opening its doors to customers.
As of Wednesday afternoon, a worker in the national chain's customer service department told Patch that the store at 8650 Belair Road, at the Silver Spring Road intersection, was expected to open within the first two weeks of October.
The worker said she had no information on why the store's opening has been delayed. Multiple recent calls to company spokespeople have not been returned.
In May 2012, the store's opening was projected for the end of summer. In February 2012, a company spokesperson projected the opening at early May. In June 2011 and April 2011, two different company spokespeople said the store would likely open by winter 2012.
At about 14,550 square feet, the new store will include a pharmacy, a grocery section and "aisles of everyday essential items," Robert Elfinger, a Walgreens spokesman, 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 the community change its welcome signs to read: "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, Washington said.
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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