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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.

Mike Lurz August 08, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I will not be shopping there, assuming that it actually opens
Tim August 08, 2012 at 07:40 PM
same.
dncr94 August 08, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Like we need another convenience store....
Michele B August 08, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I will definitely be shopping there, as I've had nothing but trouble with the pharmacy at the minuscule CVS across the street.
Tim August 08, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I guess you walk? I mean, because there's a Walgreen's less then two miles down the road...
Evets August 08, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I think that is why the opening is delayed; they are trying to figure out to get Mr. Lurz and Tim to shop there. Otherwise, why should they bother opening?
FIFA August 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
C'mon Evets, they are trying to get a bus stop! My, my, my
Tim August 08, 2012 at 11:42 PM
this ^^^^^
Evets August 08, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Actually, there are 2 Walgreens less than 2 miles away. There is also another Mars less than 2 miles away, and another M & T Bank less than 2 miles away, and another Wendy's less than 2 miles away, and another Subway about 2 miles away, two other Baskin-Robbins about 2 miles away, 2 Sun Trust Banks less than a mile away, another Advance Auto Parts a bit more than 2 miles away... All of those are within walking distance of each other, which I would consider to be a good thing. But let's stay out of Walgreens because there are just too many of those darn stores.
Evets August 08, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Yeah, FIFA, I thought of that. But I was worried that might be a racist comment...
Honeygo Hal August 09, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I'm trying to figure out how CVS is going to enlarge the store next to Mars - because their business will probably go to zero after Walgreens opens. Will they go vertical - a four-story CVS?
Tim August 09, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I thought they'd proactively close it down. You know, because there's a CVS monstrosity 2.5 miles up the road. However, being common sense doesn't apply to the prescription drugstore industry, maybe not.
Voter August 09, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I'll be trying that Walgreen when it opens. The Pharmacies at CVS are absolutely HORRIBLE. They have the most rude and incompetent staff I've ever come across. Specifically the newer one on Belair Rd where Honeygo ends.
Honeygo Hal August 09, 2012 at 12:36 PM
right. Logic + pharmacies = this does not compute. They seem to be stuck in a classic pen_is envy competition.
Al Carlson August 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
There is a significant amount of market/traffic/demographic research that goes in to the placement of a store such as this. As is the case with just about everything in life (with, of course the exception of many of you perfect Perry Hall residents), mistakes are made. I've stood on street corners in New York City where there is a Starbucks on EVERY CORNER. This is stores are all busy and traffic is driven by the placement of office buildings, subway exits, walking routes. I'll tell you what - if I lived, say, at the corner of Silver Spring and Joppa and I used to go to the CVS, I'd sure as hell switch to this Walgreen's to simply avoid having to get out of the horrible CVS/Mars parking lot across the street. There is very little brand loyalty to drug stores (this is a fact, not my opinion) because people pay what their pharmacy benefits coordinator agrees to pay. That's the driver for traffic into the stores - the cigarettes, the photo lab and the makeup department are virtually all the same. It's not a bunch of idiot developers putting these stores where they are, it's experts in the matters I've mentioned above. You call them idiots because you prefer the "not in my back yard" approach, but indeed they are well educated, highly experienced economists, statisticians, real estate professionals, market analysts, etc.
Honeygo Hal August 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM
First let me say that I got over the opinion I will present a long time ago. When I saw the Laumans property go under construction, it was a little sad but that's the way it goes. But when I found out it was for another pharmacy, I was really bummed - they took away an interesting hillside to plop down another pharmacy which may not last if their company loses the pi**ing contest. But again, that's the way it goes in Corporate America. I understand all of the location research, blah, blah, blah - but the truth is in this, the densest population corridor in the USA, much of that is reduced to the availability of real estate. Another major factor in this pharmacy battle is where is the closest competitor location? The rest is pretty much static noise in this market.
Tim August 09, 2012 at 01:48 PM
These are fair points. It's just Starbucks = upscale and Drug Stores = lower scale. It's more about the degradation of our area then anything. I'd rather it be empty then have low end stores. If I wanted to live around low end stores, I wouldn't live in PH.
Dottie Cordwell August 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I totally agree with VOTER about the CVS at Belair Rd and Honeygo. They do not understand what you are saying. That made be wonder if I would get the correct prescriptions. Walgreens stopped accepting our prescription plan, a money issue for them. I decised it was worth getting out of my car and going inside the Rite Aide on Belair Rd. The pharmicist is knowledgeable and friendly. When i asked where something was located in the store, he came out and walked me to the area. That is service!
Sarah German August 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I like Walgreen's. I like that I will be able to walk to this one. I hate reading the Patch comments section. You guys complain about everything.
Evets August 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I have always had a good experience at that CVS (Honeygo and Belair Road). The pharmacists are very helpful - one recently took 5-10 minutes showing me how to use an inhaler device for my son.
Rick August 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I am very tired of seeing the spot-a-pots from Belair Road and from that section of Silver Spring. I can imagine better ways to say "Welcome to Perry Hall" than those pots and the vacant store. Let's hope it happens in October!
Ashley August 09, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I find it funny that you have issues at that CVS. Laura and Cindy are both incredibly friendly and helpful with people, as are most of the techs. I can say without a doubt that they are most certainly not incompetent as I worked with them (I worked with Laura for five years at various stores). I'm thinking this is probably more along the lines of you being an "entitled" customer and then not being happy when someone didn't immediately jump for you.
maryann August 09, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I had to change from Walgreens to the "new" CVS on Belair Rd in January due to an insurance change....I have not had one positive encounter there...nothing is every ready, even with 1-3 days advance notice. On a recent occassion I asked to s/w the pharmacist about the issues I'd had there, it was apparent she could have cared less !! I wish I could go back to Walgreens !
Evets August 10, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Yeah, the 2 vacant banks across the street are not a problem, though... BTW, the reason those portables are placed where they are is to discourage vandalism (high visibility area). Even so, they are still tipped over 2-3 times a week.
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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