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Stafford getting new pharmacies
Two pharmacies received approvals from the Stafford County Board of Supervisors this week.
A Walgreens will be coming to U.S. 17, while a CVS will be rebuilt on State Route 610.
Both projects were presented during public hearings at Tuesday’s board meeting and received unanimous approvals.
Attorney Charlie Payne represented both.
The Walgreens on U.S. 17 will be the second location for the drugstore chain in Stafford. A store at the intersection of White Oak and Cool Spring roads is under construction.
The current building at the site offers heavy-equipment rentals.
“This will be a huge improvement for 17,” said Hartwood Supervisor Gary Snellings.
The 14,725-square-foot drugstore will have a Colonial appearance and have a drive-through at the rear.
A right turn lane will be the entrance into the site, on the southbound side of the 4-lane divided highway at its intersection with Commerce Parkway.
At the final public hearing of Tuesday’s agenda, around 11:30 p.m., Chairwoman Susan Stimpson told a company representative that she was excited for Walgreens to be in the county.
Walgreens needs a rezoning and a conditional-use permit.
The Board of Supervisors also approved a CVS with a drive-through at the intersection of Garrisonville and Onville roads. If you’re thinking, “but there’s already a CVS there,” you’re right.
That building will need to be demolished because of road-widening work underway by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The national chain needed a conditional-use permit for construction of a replacement building with drive-through. It’ll be 14,600 square feet—4,500 square feet larger than its existing store, and will be open 24 hours a day.
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