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Developers unveil CVS store plans in Waynesboro

December 14, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Three old Waynesboro buildings could feel the wrecker's ball to make room for a new big-box drugstore, according to preliminary plans presented to the Waynesboro Planning Commission Monday night.

Michael Timmons, a partner in Timber Development Corp. of Longwood, Fla., presented a preliminary land development plan for a new CVS Pharmacy on the south side of East Main Street between Myrtle and Virginia avenues.

Planning commission members took no action Monday other than to tell Timmons to clear up some minor details on the plan and bring it back for the commission's Jan. 10 meeting.

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According to borough rules, the planning commission, if it accepts the CVS plan in January, would send it to the Waynesboro Borough Council with a recommendation for approval.

If comments Monday night by planning commission Chairman Jon Fleagle were any indication, it should receive the commission's blessing in January.

"This will certainly be an improvement over what's there now," Fleagle said.

Timmons said the new building will cover nearly 11,000 square feet and be of brick construction.

Two of the three existing buildings that take up that block now are occupied - Chuck's Sunoco Service at 402 E. Main St. and Waynesboro Automotive Supply at 410 E. Main St.

The third building, at 406 E. Main St., once a bowling alley and later a nightclub, is vacant. Its most recent tenant, Waynesboro Family Billiards and Arcade, moved to 118 Walnut St.

Timmons said the new pharmacy building would have two entrances, one in proximity to the existing one for the auto supply store on East Main Street and one on Virginia Avenue.

He still has to get permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for highway access and from the Department of Environmental Protection before he can demolish the three buildings.

Timmons said he expects to start construction in the spring and be finished in six to eight months. The building will feature a drive-in window.

There was no indication Monday about the fate of the existing CVS store at 40 S. Broad St. behind the Waynesboro post office and a Sheetz store.

Timmons, who lives in Orlando, Fla., and Douglas Bercu of Atlanta, are partners in Timber Development Corp., a small development company that built Food Lion shopping centers in Chambersburg, Pa., Greencastle, Pa., and Washington Township outside Waynesboro.

"We have nine properties in Pennsylvania," Timmons said. He said his company will own the new CVS building and lease it back to the drug store chain.

According to the company's Web site, the first CVS - Consumer Value Store - opened in 1963 in Lowell, Mass. The company bought out the 500-store Peoples Drug chain in 1990 and the 2,552-store Revco pharmacy chain in 1997.

CVS has more than 4,000 stores in the chain, according to the Web site. In 2001, CVS sales exceeded $22 billion.

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