Manager: Perry Hall Walgreens a 'True Community Store'

Perry Hall's largest drug store is planning a celebration on Oct. 12.

Dave Foster said he's fortunate to live only five minutes away from work. The manager of Perry Hall's second Walgreens, at the corner of Belair Road and Silver Spring Road, said customers are often surprised that 90 percent of the store's workers also live in Perry Hall.

"It's a true community store," Foster said.

The store opened its doors back in September after multiple delays and complaints from community members about the addition of another corporate drug store. About 10 pharmacies already serve Perry Hall, and a second Walgreens is located just two miles north. 

"The biggest question I've received is 'Why is it so close?' It's a matter of demand," Foster said. "Some of the other pharmacies are overflowing. It gets to the point where it's not quick and convienant anymore."

He added that many of the store's customers are traveling from White Marsh and Overlea for prescription drug services at the new state-of-the-art facility. Computer kiosks provide prescription processing without having to wait in line, and the store's inventory is unmatched, the manager said.

At , the newest Walgreens is Perry Hall's largest drug store.

Beside the pharmacy, Foster said many amenities at the new store are still in the works. A clinic featuring a nurse practitioner is planned, as well as an expanded selection of fresh food.

A grand opening celebration is also planned for Oct. 12. It is expected to feature a moon bounce, food and prizes, promotional sales, local Boy Scouts and a fundraiser for Daniel Borowy, the victim of the Perry Hall High School shooting in August. 

"If we can just get people in the door, we can show them what we're about. It's bright and shiny and new, but it's also a different atmosphere and a different culture," Foster said.

Mike Lurz October 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
We will see if they are a "true community store" if in a few months/years they dont close shop and leave more blight in Perry Hall
John Doe October 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
If you want to make it a "community store", then 1) call it Perry Hallgreens 2) the fresh produce you are going to stock should come from local farmers only.
FIFA October 03, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Does the bus stop nearby?
John Doe October 03, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Evets - since you and "Other Tim" shop at places with the cheapest prices, like Walmart, you obviously will never shop at this store - and support your local community. Walgreens is more expensive than Walmart, period.
Jeanne October 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
He says he is doing a fundraiser for Daniel, what kind of fundraiser? How much money do you have to spend and how much of it does Daniel's family get? Is he really doing a fundraiser or using Daniel's name to get people to spend money at his store?
John October 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
They were all in Perry Hall at one time (a Toy store, a computer center, a photo shop, an electronic store, a sewing center, a craft store) and all have closed.
Hank October 03, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I could do without another drugstore as well, but that said if it succeeds then it was a good business decision. People run to the doctor and ER for little sniffles these days so it's little wonder there are so many drugstores.
Mike Lurz October 03, 2012 at 05:09 PM
The direct result of a doritos and mountain dew diet
PerryHallParent October 03, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Point well made and taken, however not everyone runs to the doctor for the sniffles. I keep a well stocked medical pantry and treat most common illnesses at home with standard remedies. Only when the injury or illness turns serious would I consider using medical resources outside the home. Low grade fevers, "simple" sore throats and ear pain are easily treated at home and certainly without antibiotic overuse. Reusable hot water bottles and ice packs treat a long list of conditions and I think that's why I don't see the need for a drug store every block. On the rare occasion I need to restock, I just grab an item or two at a low, discounted price at Target rather than spend high dollars at a fancy drug store that has super high overhead.
Tim October 03, 2012 at 05:52 PM
pretty much. Everyone complains about health care costs, yet I bet the average adult over 30 in this country is 20+ lbs overweight.
Parkvillehoney October 03, 2012 at 06:19 PM
CNN reported Walgreens is the cheapest for drug costs with CVS second.
Other Tim October 03, 2012 at 09:41 PM
John Doe, do you really consider shopping at Walmart rather Walgreens supporting your own community? While Walgreens is not as big a company as Walmart (no company is), it is still a huge corporation, not exactly a "true community store". Neither is Giant, Weis, Starbucks, Safeway, etc. And, no, I do not regularly shop at Walgreens. They are too expensive. I do not shop based only on price. My decisions are based on service, quality, variety, convenience, etc. I also drive to Delaware on a regular basis to shop because I believe Maryland's sales tax is ridiculous.
Other Tim October 03, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Walgreens by Safeway always busy. Walgreens at Joppa and Harford always busy. Why would they build another one? Because nobody would go there, just like nobody goes to the other two.
Evets October 03, 2012 at 11:11 PM
John Doe, you have no clue as to my shopping habits, so please don't make assumptions. It just makes you sound uninformed.
Evets October 03, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Maybe missed the point. It is called free enterprise. Anyone could have bought that property. Anyone could have bought that property, planted trees and made a dog park out of it. Anyone could have bought it and built a toy store, photo shop, computer store, sewing center, etc. It's called taking a risk with your capital. I am not willing to do it, but I am also not willing to criticize individuals or corporations that take such risks. Also, don't those 2 dozen people who earn the $8/hour (that you apparently think is beneath the people of Perry Hall) pay taxes and maybe even spend money in the community?
Mike Lurz October 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
The point that I and others have made here repeatedly is that with so many vacant retail properties available it would have been nice to see one of those properties used instead of bulldozing a nice green little hill. If things dont go well for that location, we will see yet another vacancy, and the destruction of the natural landscape would have been for nothing...only spreading the blight. Your pointwasnt missed, there ar many angles to this.
Mike Lurz October 03, 2012 at 11:47 PM
yep, not more money to the area, just moving it around
Tim October 04, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I know you are familiar with the concept of cannibalizing your own business.
Other Tim October 04, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I am absolutely familiar with cannabalization, and I would first look at all the demographics to determine if in fact another location would impact the others. I'm quite sure Walgreens did all the studies, and concluded it was a good business decision.
Mike Lurz October 04, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Other Tim, you assume that all businesses make decisions solely based on logic and not ego... also it may not be the long term that they are looking at, but grabbing short term market share to push stock prices...not all is as surface as you state here. If this store closes it will be bad for all business in Perry hall...another empty space.
Other Tim October 04, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I'm quite sure egos play a role in some business owners' decision to expand. Someone opens a restaurant, it does well, so that person believes he can do no wrong and opens more. Probably will fail. 95% of small businesses do. Do you really believe a large corporation opens new locations based on ego?
Mike Lurz October 04, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Yes,I do
Mike Lurz October 04, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I do corporate shows all the time for very large companies, and yes these people have tremendous egos AND often mid level management is pressured to gain market share...how else would they do that ??/ Open more locations. I will repeat what I said above, they are NOT generating more business, they are just spreading the money thinner. Unless they are causing people to buy more of their products (which most people are not doing) ...
Other Tim October 04, 2012 at 10:59 PM
"often mid level management is pressured to gain market share...how else would they do that ??/" Maybe by looking at the demograhics and trends and making informed decisions. How many poor performing locations do you think they could open until there is a wholesale cleansing of the expansion department? Scenario: a company has one location that does $5 million a year in sales, and opens 4 more locations. You can bet that those 5 locations do considerably more than $5 million total, or they would be out of business. I don't work for Walgreens, nor do I shop there on a regular basis, but I admire their business expertise.
Mike Lurz October 05, 2012 at 01:47 AM
You act like every business decision is a good idea and that all are made by experts that are infallible...or that there is an ethic that prevents such bad decisions to be made in the first place...I can promise you that none of the above is always the case
gabe October 05, 2012 at 05:47 PM
How is this community. I asked for a rain check on the small hunts tomato sauce. Sale price 3 for a $1. Manager said you can only get three? ok the coupon says limit 3 but really, if you want people to shop in your stores and buy product then dont put a limit on something. I understand they want to control the sale so many can get it but as you can see that problem could be solved if they just ordered more. It was my first and last time i will ever go in the store. Anyhow i just went to mars across the street and bought bigger cans for about a few cents more but less stress.
Other Tim October 05, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Seriously? This upsets you that much? You admit you read the coupon, but you still are upset, and you won't ever go back? Grow up.
Mike Lurz October 05, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Well I guess it is up toYOU to decide why others should shop anywhere
Other Tim October 06, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Shop where you want. But if you get upset because you want the merchant to bend the rules just for you, and then get upset because they don't, then yes I think I have the right to tell this person to grow up.Why should I be denied If i go into Walgreens to get something on sale and I am told they are sold out because some whiner insisted he be allowed to buy more than he should? Gabe should grow up, and he also should fight his own battles.
Tim October 06, 2012 at 11:48 PM
people like gabe make me so glad I don't work retail. Classic example of entitlement in this country. People feel entitled to everything. Rules? Bah. That's for other people...


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