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UPDATE: Perry Hall Walgreens Opening Delayed, Eyeing October

Company officials have declined to comment on the cause of delays.

The opening of 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 , the store's opening was projected for the end of summer. In , a company spokesperson projected the opening at early May. In June 2011 and , 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 .

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 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 . But this isn't uncommon, company spokesperson Tiffani Washington told Patch in . 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 account for 65 percent of the company's total sales.

Do you plan to shop at the new store? Beside prescriptions, what do you like to purchase at local drug stores? Tell us in the comments.

Paul August 10, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I'm hoping that they cram another Walgreens somewhere around Belair and Joppa Roads. What is the US record for Walgreen density in a small town?
Rick August 10, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Paul, your last comment was funny. Actually my family jokes about whether Walgreens will build in Fullerton where McDonald's was torn down. Now we think it might be built by Mars and CVS where the vacant banks are. That way the potties can stay where they are and the workers can just run across Belair Rd to use them...
FIFA August 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
As of 6/30/12 there are 7,907 Walgreens stores and 64 in Maryland. http://news.walgreens.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1044
Evets August 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Not sure what the record is, but there are 16 Walgreens within 13 miles of Perry Hall, but only 17 Sun Trust Banks within the same distance.
Rick August 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
On a more serious note, this redundancy does not go unnoticed. We have other family from out of state who comes through every few months. To them the redundancy of the stores, the vacant buildings, and the "permanent" unattractive portables reflect negatively on the planning, government, and resident involvement in the community. I tell them not to be fooled by what they see - PH residents and the leaders are very involved and concerned about what happens. Of course I will be very glad when the store is open and the portables are gone. I hope this happens by Thanksgiving - if not, I am sure we'll be hearing about it again, and another funny story will go back to Delaware!

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