I don't know anyone else who has ever been as excited as me about the opening of a CVS Pharmacy! And, because it opened on my birthday weekend – it was like a final great big gift just for Emjay…
This signals real progress for my neighbourhood!! Sure, we have an (antiquated) Safeway with a Pharmacy but they do not carry certain classes of drugs - like Class 3 narcotics – the good sort that you need when you fall over and break bones.
Our nearest "real" pharmacy was a CVS a little over a mile away - I can tell you it was not much fun walking there when sick! This new one is so close I could crawl there in my pyjamas - jeez, in my neighbourhood that wouldn't even stand out as being odd!
And this opening means I won't have to pay street prices for my drugs anymore (that's a joke)… though others will probably still shop in the alley (as photographed a couple of years ago)
Originally it was a vacant block of land April 6, 2008 – at this stage we did not know it was going to be a CVS, I was just recording our neighbourhood:
Then in November 2009 exciting signs went up:
Then there was a ground breaking sometime around November 14th 2009
Then not much happened… Jan 9th 2010
Four days later the site became a hive of activity : Jan 13th 2010
Less than a month later there was framework: Feb 3rd 2010
Next day – these guys were not letting the cold weather slow them down: Feb 4th 2010
February 20th 2010
February 23rd 2010 - we start to wonder if it is going to be a two-storey CVS: (it's not)
Then Emjay falls over and breaks things and doesn't go out with her camera until March 27, 2010 - the CVS colours are showing:
April 10th 2010 – not much has happened externally since March 27th - they must be putting the shelves in:
May 13th 2010 - we have a store – not open yet …. nothing else really to be done to the exterior except some utility work:
July 9th 2010 - trucks of stock arrive… On my way to work there were 4 big trucks unloading:
Sunday July 25 2010 – store opens! Window decorations not quite finished:
Gleaming & fully stocked:
Staff waiting for us ….
Free reward for shopping on Opening Day: