Drugstores expanding on 86th Street corridor

A rough economy hasn’t calmed the grudge match between drugstore giants Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark.

Both stores are planning new locations at the busy intersection of West 86th Street and Ditch Road. CVS plans to build a store
on the site of a recently closed Shell gas station at the intersection’s southeast corner, moving from an older-format location
just east of the spot. Meanwhile, Walgreen’s has filed plans to build a pharmacy and retail store on the current home of Aaron-Ruben-Nelson
Mortuary, which sits on the north side of 86th Street between a Speedway gas station and a Hardee’s restaurant.

The mortuary plans to begin construction soon on a facility along Michigan Road near 114th Street.

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