Downtown CVS Changes Things Up…
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…
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…”
- 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)
- 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.)
- 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!)
- 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?