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    Cyburbian Mud Princess's avatar
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    Chain drugstores - alternative designs

    This is probably a long shot, but I was wondering if anyone is aware of Rite Aid or CVS drugstores that DON'T look like their usual corporate prototypes. I'm looking for examples where communities were able to get these companies to do something different, i.e., more consistent with surrounding buildings, preferably in small towns or village centers.

    I remember a publication many years ago that included examples of chain stores and restaurants, like the McDonald's in Freeport, ME that's modeled after local vernacular architecture. I can't recall the name of the publication, and in any case, there should be (I hope) more recent examples.

    Thanks!

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    Here is a CVS in Shelby Township, MI - https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sh...!6m1!1e1?hl=en

    I believe the reason for the "3-story" design is that the site is in a town center overlay, but the upper stories are false though.
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    Here's the CVS in Savannah, Georgia. https://www.google.com/maps/@32.0782...7i13312!8i6656

    So the story goes -- it closes basically at dark every night because it's haunted.

    In my last community, I was looking for the same thing and actually found several great options online. I'll look for them again.
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    CVS downtown Phoenix. It's part of a bigger development.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@33.4471...8i6656!6m1!1e1
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    Check out this article entitled "National Chains Conform to Design Guidelines" -- https://boltontownplanner.wordpress....gn-guidelines/
    I googled "Design Standards" CVS.
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    Davidson, NC has a 2 story building that house a CVS. It fits into their downtown fairly well. It was built specifically for them.

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    We are negotiating with one of the chain pharmacies as well right now. They initially proposed a one story standard design and due to a variety of issues - community and Council outcry, preservation issues, desires to create more housing - they are at least exploring a multistory design with student housing above. It's a gateway site into downtown, along a corridor that has a plan for denser development, which all helps. Their main non-negotiable seems to be a drive thru, so we are trying to leverage that desire to make sure we get good design, preservation, and housing.

    Some good designs I have seen are in Magoun Square, Somerville, MA;

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Me...331a6c4de94e35

    Davis Square, Somerville, MA;

    https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3964...8i6656!6m1!1e1

    Porter Square, Cambridge (yes that is a CVS on the ground level)

    https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3887...8i6656!6m1!1e1

    Market Street, Philly (ground level is a CVS, new construction!)

    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9501...7i13312!8i6656

    and, to a lesser extent, a Walgreens in Brookline Village, MA

    https://www.google.com/maps/search/w...7i13312!8i6656

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    Here's one in midtown Memphis. It's a sad reminder of the historic Union Avenue United Methodist Church, which previously stood on the same site.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/cvs-m...OA17L_Nng4Uiog

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    Storrs Center

    This is a CVS in Storrs Center (just outside the UConn campus). It is a beautiful 2 story that runs front to back on the block, across from the plaza. I believe it is residential upstairs.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8044...8i6656!6m1!1e1

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    There are several Wallgreens stores in existing tenant spaces within larger buildings in major cities. As for CVS, this spring they took over the pharmacy at Target. I have also seen them go into existing ground floor building spaces.
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    Here is a link to one in St.Louis. Historic bank and building, Looking to keep bank, demo part of building and put parking and a Walgreens, there is a Walgreens across the street as of now. Don't think this project has much support.

    https://nextstl.com/2016/08/design-e...outhwest-bank/

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