Construction crews continued to clear rubble from the demolition of the former Blockbuster Video building Tuesday, but CVS officials already are envisioning the new building that will take its place.
CVS plans to open a new 12,000-foot facility at the corner of North Atherton Street and West Cherry Lane in October to replace a closing store in the Northland Center, company spokesman Mike DeAngelis wrote in an email. All current employees from the Northland store will move to the new location.
The move is part of a company initiative to move to freestanding stores, which DeAngelis adds convenience to the customer shopping experience.
“We do look for opportunities to relocate older stores in strip shopping centers to new freestanding locations, which provide better visibility, more convenience and enhanced access,” he wrote. “These relocations are in keeping with changes to how time-starved consumers use drug stores.”
He said the freestanding stores also can offer drive-through windows, a better selection and more parking. The contractor for State College projects is Fortney and Weygandt Inc., of North Olmsted, Ohio, he said.
A similar move took place on South Atherton Street last summer when the company opened a new store and closed the Nittany Mall location, also transferring all the employees to a new location. That store opened in July and is located at 1630 S. Atherton St.
The demolition of the building on North Atherton also forced out two other businesses that recently relocated.
Far Corners Asian Market is now set up at 1012 W. College Ave., and Pizza Heaven relocated its business to 301 Science Park Road. Spirit Halloween, a seasonal costume shop, closed in November 2013.