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Rite Aid scraps plans to build on Cannon Ave.

July 08, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Construction of a new Rite Aid pharmacy on North Cannon Avenue in Hagerstown has been stopped indefinitely, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

"We went back and reevaluated the project, and at this time it didn't make economic sense for us, so the project is on hold," said Jody Cook, a Rite Aid Corp. spokeswoman.

Cook said there are no plans for the property, which is between East Franklin and East Washington streets, and behind a McDonald's restaurant.

Work on the site began last fall. Since then, three buildings including two duplexes and a Twigg Cycle Inc. building have been demolished, storm water drainage pipes installed, sewer pipes relocated, and a billboard moved, Hagerstown Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Thursday.

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Work stopped at the site in early spring. Tissue said that within the next two weeks workers are expected to return to the site to plant grass.

"It's obvious they've spent a lot of money there," Tissue said. "And it's surprising to us that they would spend that much money and then not do anything."

Tissue would not estimate how much the work done so far might have cost the company.

Cook would not say how much Rite Aid has spent on the property.

Rite Aid Corp., based in Camp Hill, Pa., operates a chain of roughly 3,800 retail drug stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia, including one in Hagerstown at 825 W. Hillcrest Road.

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