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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.

Jennifer February 04, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Competition is good, and it sure beats having an empty strip mall.
Caitlin Burgess 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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