Second Perry Hall Walgreens to Open Early May

Between 25 and 30 employees are expected to be hired before the store's opening.


The at the corner of Silver Spring Road and Belair Road is expected to open in early May, according to a company official.

The store's opening will be the result of more than a year of construction, starting with the deconstruction of the Direct Home Furnishings store, formerly . The property was to Walgreens in 2010.

The store was originally in winter 2012. In an email to Patch, Walgreens spokesperson Vivika Panagiotakakos stated that "weather, permits and construction" all impact a store's opening date.

Between 25 and 30 employees are expected to be hired, according to Panagiotakakos.

At about 14,550 square feet, the new store will include a pharmacy, a grocery section and "aisles of everyday essential items," Walgreens spokesperson Robert Elfinger told Patch in .

The location will be Perry Hall's second and will join a list of drug stores in the local community.

Its construction has drawn ire from some residents, causing one Patch reader to Perry Hall change its signs to include: "Welcome to Perry Hall, a great place to get your prescriptions filled!"

The new Walgreen's location is just two miles from an . But this isn't uncommon, company spokesperson Tiffani Washington told Patch in . 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 account for 65 percent of the company's total sales.

Are you looking forward to the new Walgreens? How often do you shop at area drug stores? Tell us in the comments.

Doug February 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Amazing how they can all survive. 2 Walgreens, CVS ans Rite Aid in the same 1,5 miles. And don't forget the pharmacies in every grocery store. I know there's big money in perscription drugs, but WOW...
Kris February 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Yeah, just what the world needs, another drug store.
RB February 28, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I feel like there is always room for more drug stores.
Tim February 28, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Yep, more opportunities for local meth labs!
Steve Webs Webster February 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM
No. It is going to be a traffic nightmare.
Kris February 28, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Listen, "RB". I didnt spend 40 nights in a rice paddy to listen to the likes of you, and your pharmacy loving propaganda.
John Doe February 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Maybe we should be called Pharmacy Hall.
Ed February 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
don't forget Gino's at Honeygo in the shopping center. Ed Stawinski-Perry Hall
Jeff February 28, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Oh my, new stores that create new jobs in Perry Hall, what a terrible thing. Don't like it, dont shop there.
Other Tim February 29, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Other Tim February 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
How many is the right number?
Paul Amirault February 29, 2012 at 01:48 AM
The Walgreens is designed to bury the CVS across the street which they will do. The business model for pharmacies is selling the drugs. That's where the bucks are.
John Doe February 29, 2012 at 04:09 PM
So I guess if we reach 100% business capacity with liquor stores, drug stores, dollar stores, and pawn shops - it is a good thing because there will be jobs? I've seen areas like this - not the most desirable communities to live in. Good thing we are getting rid of a local favorite Cake and Wedding Cottage.
Tim February 29, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Exactly my sentiments. I can't help thinking our community is slowly circling the drain. It's part of what finally led me to the decision to not buy another (read: upgraded) home here. I don't like what I'm seeing. Will reassess after a few years.
Kerry Schlueter February 29, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I know I am in the minority of people who are glad that this store is moving in. Walgreen's will be within walking distance for me now. I have a lot of prescriptions (which alone could be argued), and driving two miles North adds all sorts of extra...stuff; gas, coordinating time with work, school, etc. Plus, I'll feel safer about my son going there instead of Mars/CVS if he wants to spend his money since he would no longer have to cross BelAir. The current Walgreen's seems overwhelmed right now. Their business model works for me, blasphemer that I am.
Tracey March 02, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I go out of my way to avoid that CVS because of the nightmare parking lot and the difficulty in turning left out of the Silver Spring side. It's small and cramped. It won't last long. However, I doubt I'd visit that Walgreen's for the same reason. Can't stand playing chicken with traffic. I'd much rather visit the new CVS store by Honeygo Blvd. . Easy in and out.
Other Tim March 02, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I believe we should put together a five person government agency to oversee communities like ours. There job would be to tell all owners of shopping centers how much they could charge for rent, and who they could rent to. And if the tenants approved by the government agency ran into cash flow problems, the agency would have the power to force the greedy landlords to lower the rents for the struggling tenants. And if the cost of goods to the struggling tenants became too high, the agency could force suppliers to lower the prices. And if the cost of utilities became too high, the agency could have the Public Service Comission cut the rates. And if the customers stopped coming because they did not like the products or service, the agency could mandate how many times each person had to visit any particular shop per month. OH, and the five people on the agency could only include people who already own houses in our community, so we could be sure we only get the stores the five people of the agency approve of.
Doug March 02, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Don't give O'Malley any ideas. He would be the one to sign a bill requiring all communities to do this. or more likely a state agency to oversee all communites.
Kgirl May 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Noooo, they are getting rid of Cake Cottage?????
Tim May 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Already gone, Kelly. In it's place? An 'awesome' dollar store, you know, something to cater to the transients that don't actually live here. The Cake Cottage found a new home in that Overlea Shopping center (or whatever its called) just past the I-695 interchange - it's the strip mall with Beltway 6 movies and Carrabba's.


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