Out With An Old CVS, In With The New

pottstown pa: Out With An Old CVS, In With The New

IN NORTH COVENTRY, SWAPPING OUT PHARMACIES – A new CVS Pharmacy on Route 724 in North Coventry is rising (at top) outside the Coventry Mall, in the area that once housed the Lone Star Steakhouse restaurant, and Verizon and GameStop stores. Those buildings sat empty since July 2013, having been closed because of what were described as structural issues, and were razed in mid-July.  On Saturday (Sept. 26, 2015), a little more than two months later, orange-clad employees (above and below) of the North Carolina-based Ashland Construction Company were at work installing a facade on the already completed building shell. The new structure is several times larger than the existing CVS that occupies a storefront in the mall strip plaza just to the west. It will close when the new store opens.

pottstown pa: Out With An Old CVS, In With The New

Photos by Joe Zlomek for The Post Publications LLC

  1. Over the last couple of years, the shopping mall at Coventry has seen some hard times competing with the Philadelphia Outlets and Upland Square. It’s difficult for many of the merchants there and many have closed. This new store shows a ray of hope, and we may see a revival of Coventry Mall. I personally would rather shop indoors out of inclement weather and stroll from store to store under roof. With fall and the advent of winter weather, the outdoor competitors are at disadvantage. I am looking forward to a Coventry mall revival and reuse of many of the available spaces it presents.

  2. This is a waste of time, effort, and money. The Coventry Mall complex is a mere shadow of what it once was. The area is saturated with pharmacies, either standalone (CVS, Rite-Aid) or within major retailers/grocers (Walmart, Giant, Target, etc.) The Coventry Mall itself is no longer a major draw. I have lived in this area for almost 30 years, and can count on 1 hand the number of times I have actually been to the Coventry Mall complex in the past 12 months. If you want to revive that piece of commercial land, tear down the mall and put in a Wegmans, Olive Garden, and a Chick-Fil-A. The traffic in and out of there would be exponentially greater than what it is now. The CVS would then benefit from the added patronage.

    • Arcee, I’d certainly agree Coventry Mall isn’t what it once was. I’m willing to bet, however, that higher-ups at CVS – which has occupied its strip center store outside the mall for many years – have done their calculations. They already know (just like Wawa recognized some time back) there’s enough money to be made in the same area to warrant investing lots of money in that property. No matter what the mall does, CVS seems likely to prosper at the new site. You’ve made excellent points, BTW. Thanks very much for commenting.

      Joe Zlomek, Managing Editor, The Post Publications LLC

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