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Longmeadow Shopping Center improvements under way

August 24, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN - A freestanding CVS pharmacy and a freshly landscaped parking lot with more green space soon will begin to take shape at Longmeadow Shopping Center, Debra Hunt, the center's marketing manager, said Monday.

Crews started work on those projects earlier this month, and if the work stays on track, the new CVS could open in spring 2010 and the parking lot and green space could be finished by summer 2010, Hunt said.

Those projects make up Phase I of a four-phase project to improve the shopping center at the corner of Leitersburg Pike and Northern Avenue, Hunt said.

The second phase, which will involve replacing the sidewalk at the back of the shopping center and tearing down the old movie theater, should be completed between March and June 2010, she said.

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The third phase is to add a fast-food restaurant to the shopping center by 2011, Hunt said. A restaurant is interested in relocating to the spot, but Hunt said she would not reveal which one until the deal was finalized.

The fourth phase is to renovate the former Sears building at the Northern Avenue end of the center to include retail space on the lower level and, possibly, office space on the upper level, Hunt said.

The CVS in the strip center will remain open until the freestanding store is finished, Hunt said. The new store will stand between the former Sears building and Sovereign Bank, she said. It will be about 13,000 square feet and will have a drive through, she said.

Already, the parking area where the new CVS will stand has been marked off with caution tape and filled with construction equipment and piles of rubble and dirt.

Duane Ramsey, job supervisor for contractor C. William Hetzer, said Monday that crews were preparing to run the water and sewer lines to the CVS site.

Parts of the strip portion of the center are undergoing changes, too, Hunt said.

Already, Longmeadow Wine and Liquors has moved to a newly renovated 8,000-square-foot space, and the spot formerly occupied by Spa Warehouse is being renovated for a dollar store-type business interested in moving into the space this fall or winter, Hunt said.

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