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Poll: Is CVS Necessary in Rx-Rich Richfield?

The new pharmacy is scheduled to open March 4.

and the city seems to be split on whether this store is right for Richfield.

Members of the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood group have expressed hope that CVS will improve the Penn Avenue business corridor and "encourage additional investment by businesses and property owners."

"Being a popular draw, CVS will ideally boost patronage at other neighboring businesses," an article on the group's website stated.

A Richfield Patch reader, identifying himself on our site only as Rod, reminded readers of another pharmacy once located in the same spot.

"CVS will be a huge improvement to the corner of Penn and 66th street. We are not adding another drug store but are replacing the one that was there for years. Namely, Kinsmor Drugstore."

While not many have denied the pharmacy will improve the corner, many still

Ann Delaney wrote: "It was a stupid idea letting CVS build a store in that location when we have so many other pharmacies available in this small area. I live only two blocks from there, but you won't see me patronizing CVS."

Brie Schultz wrote: "Why does the city council continue to green light developments that are already within a mile radius from the Richfield/Edina/Bloomington border (i.e. Target, Home Depot, CVS)? In the past they have discussed wanting Richfield to be unique and wanting to attract people to come here, but we always end up with the most vanilla results."

Will CVS see your business when it opens March 4? Take our poll below and share your reasoning in the comments section.

Mike McLean February 03, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Drug stores and big box stores are very similar. By building a new store in either case, does not really increase business. It just takes business away from other stores. So is that good for the consumers with the creation of price competition? I do not know.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I could see it from either side. Yes, business could be shifted from other stores nearby and not necessarily increase business in Richfield. However, in this case, with the CVS proximity to Hwy. 62, it could get a lot of commuter traffic. Those shoppers may normally shop closer to home in farther suburbs. When I did the piece on the municipal liquor stores, Steve Devich told me that he estimates that about 60 percent of the Cedar store's business was from commuters not residents. I guess this is technically taking business away from other stores, however I would consider stores in towns farther away to be a different market than the cluster of stores in Richfield/Edina/Bloomington that vy for the same resident business. Just a thought.
Susan Means Rosenberg February 03, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I wasn't sure at first but I think it is a good addition for Penn Ave.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Hi Susan. What do you think the biggest benefit CVS will present to the community? A needed spark to revitalize the corridor? Another shopping option? Adding another anchor to the corridor?
Kevin O'Donovan February 03, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Those items covered by insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid will, by law see no difference in costs to the direct consumer. Federal programs do not even allow for the use of discount coupons. Items not covered by insurance may provide some competition. I personally am happy to see any legitimate new business come to Richfield. I do wish the start up process was less onerous. How many citizens who might wish to start a small company are dissuaded by excessive regulations and unnecessary government created expenses? That might be a good question to ask your readers.
Greg J February 03, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I believe that in a competition sense, it is a great idea and will allow residents to noose between more pharmacies. I'm not 100% familiar with the produce they will offer, but I'm sure it will add in variation. This is the process cities go through. It is a natural and necessary growth.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Interesting Kevin. I will see if I can find a way to work that into some of the larger things happening around town. Thanks for the suggestion!
Greg Schreck February 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I like to stop at Bruegger's. Now I can just run across the street and get my sundries.
Pete Sorenson February 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Competition is always good and frankly, with so many empty store fronts (see Lyndale Ave between 66th and 62) we cant be picky. We are fortunate that business like CVS and Pizza Luce find Richfield attractive
Philip Lowe, Jr. February 03, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Now that Walgreens is not accepting Express Scripts any more, and UCare has no longer carrying Walgreens, CVS will be one more pharmacy in Richfield that accepts Express Scripts and UCare will carry. I do wish, however, that the independently owned pharmacy that was there did not have to go out of business for another national corporation could move in there.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Other than CVS, what other area pharmacies except Express Scripts? Or do people have to travel out of town?
Lidia Grabow February 04, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I just transferred my prescriptions (ExpressScripts) from Walgreens to the Richfield Target Pharmacy, since I go there all the time anyway. But I really miss 'my' Walgreens Pharmacy that was just up the street from us and felt more personal than Target does.
Cedar Phillips February 04, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I don't mind another pharmacy, but am extremely disappointed with the design. It's yet another big box bland chain store and does nothing to enhance the neighborhood. That corner had so much potential. It doesn't need an ultra-sprawled, car-oriented boring chain dominating the corner and displacing smaller independent places. And given that there are already so many other pharmacies within such close driving distance, it seems a shame that this space isn't better utilized for something that may have had the power to draw from a greater area. I'm sure it will capture the business of those who live in the immediate area or who commute right past it, but I think there are many, many other uses for that space that would have a greater benefit for Richfield and for the 66th and Penn commercial district. I have not been paying as much attention as I should, but wasn't there a small area study plan done for that area within the past few years? If memory serves me right, this CVS goes against the main hopes of that document. On the plus side, the new sidewalks ARE wider, so I guess we'll have to (for now) settle for what we can get.
Jennifer February 04, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Competition is good, and it sure beats having an empty strip mall.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) February 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Yes. I'm sure many feel the corner could've been better utilized. What would've been your suggestion?
ann delaney February 04, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Now, the city is wondering if they made the right decision to let CVS build here, Where have you been? According to the map in this article, there are 15 drug facilities listed. Wasn't that a clue we didn't need another drug facility? And as for another empty strip mall, all the units had been occupied for years and years. Some longer than I have lived here(14 years). And for those Express Scripts, I don't think there was such a big demand to warrant CVS. Other arrangements could have been made to accomodate those few. We have two development areas looking for tenants. If you want people from outside to come here, give them something you won't find on every street corner.
Brie Shultz February 04, 2012 at 09:34 PM
CVS isn't necessary. I'll definitely take CVS over a cash-checking place but I'd much rather see something new and unique to the city like a co-op foods place or any kind of local small business.
Mike McLean February 06, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Cub pharmacies also accept ExpressScripts. I have been using the pharmacy at the Cub on Lyndale and 84th. I have been very happy with them. One day I was refilling my blood pressure medication and bought 2 bags of cough drops. The pharmacists happened to mention that one of the side effects of Losartin was coughing. I changed blood pressure medication and my coughing all but disappeared.

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