Construction is underway of a new CVS Pharmacy in Rolla and a director of public relations for the second-largest pharmacy chain in the country said he expects the store to open in three months.
Mike DeAngelis, public relations director with CVS Pharmacy, said work on the new store located at the northeast corner of Kingshighway and U.S. Route 63 started in May and "we expect to open in late October."
DeAngelis said the location was chosen "because the intersection of Bishop and Kingshighway meets our criteria of being well-trafficked, highly visible and conveniently accessible for customers."
The 13,225 square-foot store will employ approximately 20 people, DeAngelis said.
The project's developer is Orange Development, out of Birmingham, Ala.
This will be the first CVS Pharmacy built in Phelps County. According to a store locator on the CVS website, the closest CVS is in Lake Ozark.
Buildings housing Blockbuster Video, Papa John's Pizza, Century Signs and Ozark Embroidery were razed to make space for the pharmacy. The stores have since located to other buildings in the city.
The city sold a 3,223.44 square feet of space from the pocket park where the Rolla downtown sign is located to CVS for $12,500.
"CVS will be able to add an additional six parking spaces with the addition of this property," Rolla Community Development Director John Petersen told the council in April. "The additional spaces will allow CVS to meet the city's parking requirements for 61 spaces."
City Administrator John Butz said in April the city will retain a utility easement on the small parcel. CVS will pay for rerouting and relocating portions of the sidewalk, benches and a trash container.
"In addition, CVS will install considerable green space and landscaping around their facility, which will substantially improve the aesthetics of this important commercial location," Butz said at that time.
CVS is the second-largest pharmacy chain to Walgreens, which has a store at the corner of Route 63 and State Route 72.