Drugstore shuffle on 86th

March 16, 2009
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CVS v. Walgreen’sA rough economy hasn't calmed the grudge match between drugstore giants Walgreen Co. and CVS. Both stores are planning new locations at the busy intersection of 86th Street and Ditch Road. CVS plans to build a new store replacing an old Shell gas station at the intersection's southeast corner, moving from an older-format location a few blocks east. Meanwhile, Walgreen's has filed plans to build a new pharmacy and retail store on the current home of Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary, which sits north of 86th Street between a Speedway gas station and a Hardee's restaurant. The mortuary plans to begin construction soon on a new facility along Michigan Road near 114th Street.
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  • YAWWWWNNNNNNNNNNNNN
  • I wish these two would just merge and get it over with already.
  • Feds wouldn't let them merge....

    Does this mean we'll know about every Walgreens/CVS that goes in now on the blog?
  • Maybe we can get Rite-Aid and Eckerd to join the fray here.
  • So, we will have two gas stations with convenience stores and two Drug Mega Drug Stores ....maybe we will have Candy Bar Wars soon !!!
  • I feel sorry for our buddy Cory. He has been relegated to writing stories about new Walgreens locations :-(
  • For those of us actually IN development it's pretty interesting (albeit that we already knew it was happening) because of the prices cvs and wgreen have had to pay to get the sites, clean them up, etc. That's great news for sellers!
  • meant to say what developers are willing to pay to get sites done
  • Why would CVS move again?? They were located in the strip mall until a few years ago when they built the stand-alone location where they currently reside...if my memory serves me, it's a fairly new building. So while this move is good for the vacant shell station lot, what will happen to the relatively new building just east of there (literally, 2 blocks or less... you could throw a stone from one spot to the other)

    Also feel like 16th street should be mentioned... Walgreens opened last year at 16th and meridian and CVS just bought and demolished the IHOP across the street...prior to that, no drugstore on meridianbetween 86th and downtown (my old commute).
  • What...there aren't enough drug stores in the area? Wouldn't want to drive a few extra blocks when we can build a Walgreens and CVS every couple of miles. It's like grocery stores...when is enough enough? Must be extremely profitable - or worth the risk. Someone with good business knowledge, please enlighten me.
  • CVS has owned this corner for decades....but now it will be a free for all fight....great for the consumers, these giants will beat each other up. Look for lower prices at the convenience stores, look for lower prescription prices as they want to compete with Walmart. It is very profitable, or they would not be opening up.....there are lots of medical offices within a mile of these locations, so it makes sense. The old CVS will be fine, they will probably find a Liquor Store that will want to move in, make it a mega store.....like we need that, but don't be surprised.
  • Uggghh...not what I wanted to happen at this corner...although a CVS will look nicer than the closed down Shell station.

    And there is a new Walgreens at 86th and Michigan...
  • I wish one of them would build a drug store in Traders Pointe to the west. There presently is not any drug store out in this area. This seems more beneficial then building two across the street from each other.
  • Since vacant gas stations have been mentioned, does anyone know if there have ever been plans to redevelop or reopen the Marathon station at College and 62nd St? It has been vacant since I moved to Indy several years ago.
  • So glad to hear the space won't continue to empty and ugly on the corner of 86th and Ditch. The competiton will be good for both stores. As a customer I find one of them loses my information and has a lack of customer service skills. When is Wal Greens opening?
  • The ARN funeral home was a great neighbor. I'm sad to see them move.
  • Too bad they both leave a wake of vacant buildings when they compete for the new 100% corners...

    ...and replace their 1980s schlock with new 21st century schlock as they go.

    Take a drive west on 16th and see. They're *such* great community partners.

    The drugstores and grocery chains (see the old Kroger on 10th, and the ever-more shitty Kroger on 16th that the chain refuses to upgrade unless they can install gas pumps) should be commended for contributing to the shit-ifying of our suburban city.

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