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New Walgreens construction project begins

June 25, 2012

Demolition at the site of a planned Walgreens pharmacy store began last week near the intersection of Halfway Boulevard and Virginia Avenue in Halfway.

A building permit, site plan and zoning certification for the 10,873-square-foot store with a single-lane drive-through pharmacy window were approved for the property at 17703 Virginia Ave. earlier this month, Washington County spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher confirmed in an email.

The store, which will be the first in the Hagerstown area, is expected to open next spring, a Walgreens official said Friday.

“This will be a new area for us,” Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger said, adding that the company is always looking for “the best corners in America.”

The two-story store — expected to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week — will be situated on a 1.2-acre tract that was the former site of a gas station and a used-car lot, according to county plans.

Walgreens is headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., a Chicago suburb, and has stores in nearby Chambersburg, Pa., and Martinsburg, W.Va.

County records list Peco NNN Holdings LLC as the developer of the site, which has been in the planning stages for several years.

— C.J. Lovelace

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