UPDATE: Second Perry Hall Walgreens to Open 'End of Summer'

The store's projected opening faces ongoing delays.


Don't be fooled—Perry Hall's 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 , but later adjusted the projected opening to .

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 .

Between 25 and 30 employees are expected to be hired, Walgreens spokesperson Vivika Panagiotakakos told Patch in .

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

Jeff May 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
People in this town find something to complain about on every single story, the patch has become almost unreadable with all the negativity. Cheer up people life isnt that bad.
Amy Doyle May 10, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I have to agree with you!!
colin mckay May 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I agree with Kris!
bryan fortini May 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Perhaps everyone would prefer we live in a country where you drive hours or days to get medical supplies. In a world of spoiled rotten, everyone is a winner let's build more dog parks yuppies find something worth while to complain about people.
Evets May 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I agree with Ms Alt. It is a shame some concerned person in Perry Hall didn't buy that property and turn it into a dog park/rec center for teen activities/garden/etc. I assume that in a mostly free market economy such as ours, that property was available to the highest bidder? Maybe Walgreens will sell some cheese to go with all the whine in Perry Hall...
Tim May 11, 2012 at 03:06 AM
People have issue with change that sucks for the community. More drugs, legal or not, in any community SUCKS. PS Cassandra: The Weis market just a stones throw away from this "much needed" new drugstore is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Tim May 11, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I'd just prefer to have to drive 10 minutes to the drugstore, instead of having 6 within 10 minutes.
Tim May 11, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Hopefully they'll go bankrupt and fail like the furniture store. I'd rather see a bunch of freshly planted trees there then more drugs injected, all it does is invite more crime.
Ryan May 11, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Tim, to have your dream all you have to do is buy the property and plant the trees. Who is holding you back from this? I bet if you offered Walgreens enough money they would sell you the property and you could plant your trees. Isn’t this the reason we love America? If you want something bad enough go out there and get it.
Cory G May 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Cassandra, et al - You DO realize there's a CVS right across the street, yes?
Marty Warren May 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I'm hoping its a sign the economy is turning around. Using history as an indicator, 3 years after ever recession the GDP was six percent higher than when the recession started. This time it is less than one percent higher
Tim May 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Another reason I love America is choice. I'll choose never to set foot in that Walgreen's - or the other one as well. Much less expensive then buying the land, too. I can think of a few better uses, personally, for that money. If you are Walgreen's parent company, you are building this drug emporium because you believe the demand is there. I'll simply do my part to prove them wrong.
Karen Martin May 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I don't even patronize the other Walgreen's. I find the employees to be rude and they don't accept my insurance. I support the Rite Aid in the Perry Hall Shopping Center. I just wish they could get more shopping stores in there.
John Doe May 11, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I am putting in a petition to change our name to Pharmacy Hall.
John Doe May 11, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Furthermore, the stretch of Bel Air Road from Silver Spring Road to the Safeway will be unofficially known as Prescription Lane.
Leslie May 11, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I will continue to support Rite Aid also.
joe May 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Paul Amirault May 11, 2012 at 04:26 PM
And all drug stores will be renamed "Pill Box" ;-)
Ryan May 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Sorry Joe, Karen might not be as great of a speller as yourself. Speaking of patronizing, most of the people that I have met that are always sure to correct someone else’s grammar never had many friends. To that I say have fun tonight jackin it in your mothers basement while the rest of the world is out having fun with their friends.
joe May 11, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Forever alone, Ryan....
Tim May 11, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I don't know how people actually criticize grammar mistakes on this particular forum. Essentially because it's horrible. You can't see what you've typed past 4 rows. There's no preview post button. I do a LOT of quick (within a minute) delete -> edit grammar -> reposting.
Other Tim May 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Didn't really count, but I'm guessing about 20 people posting here don't want another Walgreens. I'm also guessing that after they open, Walgreens will probably have about 1,000 customers a day. Do the math.
Evets May 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Terrible thing it is to provide several months of employment to perhaps 2 dozen citizens (some of whom might even be from around here) "tearing down Laumans and cutting into a hill" to build a pharmacy. Funny thing; people complain about the numerous pharmacies in the area, but these pharmacies seem to be doing well.
Evets May 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Yeah, because by my count, that stretch of Belair road has a total of 2 pharmacies currently open for business, 3 if you count the one inside Safeway. Also 2 7-11 stores, 4 gas stations, 4 fast food places, 3 assisted living facilities, 5 banks, 3 mortgage companies, 5 churches (never have too many of those), 3 car repair businesses... But let's call it Prescription Lane anyway.
Evets May 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Tim - I agree that criticizing peoples grammar and spelling on here is a bit low, but to your comment about only being able to see past 4 rows, you can expand the comment box by dragging the bottom right corner to make a much bigger box. This does make editing one's post a bit easier, though it won't make our posts perfect. Just offering this as a helpful hint...
John Doe May 12, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Evets - There will be 2 Walgreen's, a CVS across from Walgreen's, there is a Rite-Aid right off Bel Air Road, the grocery store pharmacies, and a CVS/Rite Aid just past the Safeway - therefore, Prescription Lane.
Evets May 12, 2012 at 09:30 PM
How about Mortgage Loan lane? Or Banks-R-Us lane? Because there are as many of those as there are (or will be) pharmacies. And the post I replied to said Belair Road from Silver Spring to Safeway. There are currently 3 operating pharmacies with a Belair Road address, soon to be 4, on Belair Road from Silver Spring to Safeway. That is still less than the number of mortgage companies (can anyone say housing slump) and banks along that same stretch of Belair Road. Also, I am not being critical of posters' grammar or spelling, but Walgreens spells the name of their stores without an apostrophe. Does not make sense, I know, but still...
Tim May 13, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Evets: I'll have to see if that actually works in IE 8. About 80% of my forum posts are through that antiquated browser. On the go spell check doesn't work as well. I do appreciate you mentioning this though. I hadn't noticed it, and it does help with Firefox posting at home, like now :)
John Doe May 14, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Evets - I agree with what you are saying, we have room for everything.....except....the Perry Hall Town Fair!....
debbie kenney May 16, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I agree w/everyone else & feel we don't need another Walgreens in the neighborhood. It would have been nice to put a high-end grocery store like Eddie's & Graul's or better yet Wegmanns.


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