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Chain drugstores - alternative designs

Mud Princess

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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!
 

Big Owl

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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.
 

Masswich

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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/Medford+St,+Somerville,+MA/@42.3973413,-71.1043019,3a,75y,173.72h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sHKjICFlZV74OuIL6yHarHw!2e0!6s//geo1.ggpht.com/cbk?panoid=HKjICFlZV74OuIL6yHarHw&output=thumbnail&cb_client=maps_sv.tactile.gps&thumb=2&w=203&h=100&yaw=147.27356&pitch=0!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e3772b67072f4d:0x54331a6c4de94e35

Davis Square, Somerville, MA;

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3964443,-71.1223206,3a,75y,244.24h,95.6t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sWsdVr_IYLZpEfWT6lPjhGw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

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

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3887891,-71.1195224,3a,45.6y,79.09h,80.59t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1swlToJ3QqJVe5XSXuFz8SQw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

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

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9501611,-75.1459575,3a,47y,71.93h,90.42t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s5fXlqHs7ABuZvo3GCo8m-A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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

https://www.google.com/maps/search/walgreens+brookline+village+ma/@42.3363209,-71.1209359,3a,75y,73.11h,84.92t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s1WAF5SyUzvIWiDPQEjRMIA!2e0!6s//geo0.ggpht.com/cbk?panoid=1WAF5SyUzvIWiDPQEjRMIA&output=thumbnail&cb_client=maps_sv.tactile.gps&thumb=2&w=203&h=100&yaw=4.6821008&pitch=0!7i13312!8i6656
 

michaelskis

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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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