Downtown CVS Changes Things Up…

5/26/2010 Update:

CVS to re-model downtown store – complete summer 2010

Most likely due to the impending competition from the gargantuan Walgreens that’s set to open a mere block north, the downtown CVS at 59 Washington Street is sprucing up their image in preparation.

A CVS Public Relations rep told Hoboken411 yesterday that “CVS is remodeling that location starting in June 2010, adding more self checkout stations and expanding our food offerings. We’re doing so within the current footprint of the store, and not expanding into any adjacent space.” (That ends any rumors about CVS in the Barnes & Noble spot…)

Another Hoboken411 reader elaborated about the renovations, which “will include open coolers with already made sandwiches, salads and an expanded frozen foods section, updated photo lab, and an updated beauty department.”

Will CVS survive once Walgreens opens? What is your loyalty?

See when CVS took over Sam Goody after the jump…

7/8/2008:

Hoboken411 reader Furey saved me the trouble of witnessing the illogical expansion of the downtown CVS (on Newark & Washington).

CVS 1st and Newark Expansion

“As some of you may know, CVS leased the empty property next to it (formerly the Sam Goody store), and has been working slowly on renovating the space & merging stores into one super store.

Well the day is here. The pictures show the partially completed work, and a few comments from me after…”

  1. Notice how they really didn’t expand the amount of registers! Jesus, they were slow with 1/2 the store can you imagine what the lines will be like now?
    (411: The longer you stand there, the better chance you’ll buy some impulse items)
  2. Who put together the aisles? I sincerely hope it is a work in progress because you can see with some of the photos that some aisles are very narrow, where other aisles are much wider. It was like a bunch of teenagers decided to slap the aisles together (I know i’m not far off here, really).
    (411: They hire the handicapped… In the HR department.)
  3. I only did a small glance at their beverage prices, but some items are about 20% higher than at local Mom and Pop stores.
    (411: You know the CEO needs his private jet, c’mon!)
  4. CVS would make a big killing if they expanded the grocery portion of their store. There isn’t a true “super market” at this end of town, aside from Whole Foods at 333 River.
    (411: isn’t that Kings? – And what about Garden of Eden?)

I personally never shop there unless absolutely necessary. How many of you feel the same way about this crap-tastic expansion?

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62 Comments on "Downtown CVS Changes Things Up…"

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

Is it me or are they just going out of their way to make this store more confusing and consumer unfriendly? A half an aisle of cleaning stuff on one end of the store and the rest of it four aisles over. The self-serve checkouts hardly ever work right(and god forbid you accidentally buy an item with an RFID tag on it, because you will set off the alarm at the door since they cant be deactivated when you make your purchase at the SS counter).

bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”92261″]I went in last night to buy some stuff on sale, plus using my ExtraCare card and the $3 off coupons on your receipts gets you a pretty good deal. Sale stuff are priced pretty well. Also, they have moved the aisles again and it doesn’t look at all like the photos anymore. Some aisles are perpendicular to how they used to be, and more roomy. Give them a chance to complete the renovation. Unfortunately, it looks like they’ve finished the check-out area with no increase in registers.[/quote]

add in a good rewards credit card like mine and you get another 5% off any purchase you make at a pharmacy 🙂

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

I went in last night to buy some stuff on sale, plus using my ExtraCare card and the $3 off coupons on your receipts gets you a pretty good deal. Sale stuff are priced pretty well. Also, they have moved the aisles again and it doesn’t look at all like the photos anymore. Some aisles are perpendicular to how they used to be, and more roomy. Give them a chance to complete the renovation. Unfortunately, it looks like they’ve finished the check-out area with no increase in registers.

bradykp
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bradykp
[quote comment=”92044″]No, CVS is not union. I worked at another CVS while I was in high school, so things might have changed in ten years but I highly doubt it. Employees seem indifferent because they get paid minimum wage and are usually young. You get very little break time and the managment is whacky. Every year you get some meager pay increase, but it usually works up to the minimum wage increase over time. Almost my entire store got fired because they stole everything off the shelves because they didn’t give a shit. If you had to put up with all the idiots that try to return enemas or get a carton of cigarettes thrown at you (both things I experienced while working at a CVS) – you would be indifferent too! I can’t imagine working at the 24 hour store…imagine all the weirdos and drunks you get at 3am!!! Food for thought – CVS stands for Customer Value Store…now you know :D[/quote] while i understand how people get to that point and that indifference, i don’t think it should be the norm. i worked in highschool for money too. i worked at a sporting goods store, at circuit city, and then at blockbuster. i also worked at various restaurants. yeah, you get tough customers in all jobs. i work at a public accounting firm now and half the dealings with clients suck just as much if not worse than customers at blockbuster did. the bottom line is, you have… Read more »
lm24kc
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lm24kc
[quote comment=”91885″][quote]Keep going to Wal-Mart and Target, the non union stores who pay their employees under minimum wage and then turn around and put their over the top profits in the pockets of some big CEO’s and CFO’s and the hard worker gets very little if anything, that is the kind of savings and deals I wont support….i wouldnt be surprosed if their money fund the terrorist…[/quote] Interesting point. Is CVS Union? If so why do the employees there seem so indifferent. They have good union jobs don’t they? The Vault lists their salaries as being roughly equivalent for this area. Target employees are eligible for bonuses so it’s hard to compare but it seems Target pays better but I can’t be sure.[/quote] No, CVS is not union. I worked at another CVS while I was in high school, so things might have changed in ten years but I highly doubt it. Employees seem indifferent because they get paid minimum wage and are usually young. You get very little break time and the managment is whacky. Every year you get some meager pay increase, but it usually works up to the minimum wage increase over time. Almost my entire store got fired because they stole everything off the shelves because they didn’t give a shit. If you had to put up with all the idiots that try to return enemas or get a carton of cigarettes thrown at you (both things I experienced while working at a CVS) – you… Read more »
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