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Arlandria CVS to Close Saturday

Pharmacy records will be transferred to Old Town location.

The Mount Vernon Village Center CVS Pharmacy store located at 3811 Mt. Vernon Avenue will end operations at 6 p.m. Saturday. 

A bulletin posted on the storefront reads: “All customer records will be maintained at the corporate level and be accessible at any CVS of your choice at any time.”

A sign next to the cash register at the store’s pharmacy says prescription records will be transferred to the CVS Pharmacy located at 501 King St. in Old Town.

The Mount Vernon Village Center is scheduled for a massive renovation. The project, , calls for demolishing the existing shopping center along Mt. Vernon Avenue and replacing it with two, six-story mixed-use buildings that will include 53,000 square feet of street-level retail space and more than 480 multi-family housing units. Parking for the development—a total of 940 spaces—will be available underground.

The CVS has to close for construction of the development to start.

Sharon Eddy, vice president of the Arlandria-Chirilagua Business Association, said Tuesday that engineering plans for the project had not been submitted to the city as of last week, so a timeframe for demolition and construction remains unknown.

Members of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership said they did not know the details behind the CVS closing.

Nazir Barkat, the Arlandria store’s general manager, was not available for comment. An assistant manager declined comment on Tuesday.

Wing Zone, located next to the CVS, is expected to close its Mount Vernon Village Center store soon. It will reopen in a new location at 4110 Mt. Vernon Ave.

Leslie Hagan June 28, 2012 at 01:04 PM
This is a disaster for the Arlandria community. There is no nearby substitute.
SYSM June 28, 2012 at 01:10 PM
So all of Arlandria now has to trek to the Giant pharmacy in Arlington to get their prescriptions filled? Not convenient for those without cars. On the flip side, CVS is known to be pretty exploitative of poor communities -- selling groceries at a huge markup over prices at grocery stores.
vineeta anand June 28, 2012 at 03:10 PM
When will the rest of the shopping center have to close for construction? I hate the idea of losing MOM's.
Drew Hansen (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 03:18 PM
As the story says, a timeframe for demolition and construction of the redevelopment project is unknown at this time.
McBrinn June 28, 2012 at 04:35 PM
"CVS is known to be pretty exploitative of poor communities -- selling groceries at a huge markup over prices at grocery stores." That's odd. I find CVS to be much cheaper on certain staples like beans, rice, and even milk.
X Wayfarer June 28, 2012 at 07:09 PM
When the project for the Mt Vernon Village Center was approved by city council, residents were told that CVS would close during construction but that the Pharmacy would remain open at a location nearby. What happened?! Where are local residents to go now, especially since the new project has no set start date? The elderly in my neighborhood depend on that CVS pharamacy. The city council should be ashamed of itself for approving this new project without ensuring local residents have alternatives. CVS should answer to residents, not "decline to comment". Is Arlandria to become a ghost town in preparation for a massive 70-foot, out-of-context building project that introduces 478 new units (and their vehicles) to our community? A project that doesn't even have a build plan submitted to the city yet? What is Steve Weinstock waiting for? How many years are we to wait before we see benefits of this city-approved project? And let's ask ourselves just what do we consider a "benefit"? The city needs to take responsibility for its residents and find out about the CVS closure. Interesting read here: http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2012/mar/09/letter-losing-low-cost-housing/
miruna July 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Is My Organic Market going to close too??
JohnInNova July 07, 2012 at 04:22 PM
For the usual alarmists in the community.... the reconstruction of the Arlandria Shopping center will be temporary and will provide an improvement to the community upon completion. I happen to be a long time client of the Bradlee Safeway Pharmacy...it will close in September while the Safeway is demolished and totally rebuilt to meet evolving community requirements. Believe me, my prescriptions will be filled somewhere nearby. So........ folks, just chill out.
DSC July 13, 2012 at 03:59 PM
this comment is a joke....it's convenience value service where they get CVS...they don't have the wholesale buying power of big box (now there's true exploitation think WalMart) or even Giant or Safeway AND UNLIKE Supermarkets (except the ethic brands where you should check their pricing) they go first into many new projects and continue to operate in neighborhoods of "mixed" demographics (this a fact not commentary); they won't be out of this submarket for long as demand is there

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