13th Street deli gives way to drugstore

New CVS will open across the street from a Walgreens.


Crews demolish the 43rd Street Deli on Northwest 13th Street to make room for a new CVS drugstore on Tuesday. The free-standing store will cover 15,000 square feet and have a drive-through pickup window.

Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 11:32 p.m.

Demolition crews began tearing down the last of two businesses Tuesday at the intersection of Northwest 13th Street and 16th Avenue to make way for a new CVS drugstore that should be ready to open by the first quarter of next year.

The free-standing store will cover 15,000 square feet and feature a full pharmacy with drive-through window service, digital photo finishing services, a full line of health and beauty products, greeting cards, and seasonal and general merchandise, said CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis.

Most CVS stores range from 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, DeAngelis said.

CVS bought the property in March and broke ground during the middle of June.

The drugstore will occupy the site that used to hold a Shell gas station and the 43rd Street Deli on 13th Street. The deli was demolished Tuesday.

The new CVS location will open across the street from a Walgreens, continuing the trend of competing pharmacies built in close proximity to each other.

The recent increase in the number of pharmacies in the Gainesville area stems from an aging baby boomer population that increasingly needs prescription drugs, DeAngelis said.

Another proposed location for a CVS pharmacy is the southeast corner at Southwest 13th Street and 16th Avenue, the current site of a Ron's Cleaners and JP Gators bar and grill.

DeAngelis would not comment on plans for a new store at that location.

DeAngelis did say that CVS will open another store at 7430 S.W. Archer Road by the first quarter of next year as well.

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