CVS maps out plans for city stores 

CVS Pharmacy is moving forward with plans to open two new stores in The City, including in a long-vacant site in the Outer Richmond district.

The national retailer — which recently acquired Longs Drugs — has been pursuing several new locations in San Francisco in addition to the former Longs Drugs it operates on Van Ness Avenue near Pacific Avenue.

The company is preparing to open a downtown location — where Market and O’Farrell streets and Grant Avenue converge — early next year, spokesman Mike DeAngelis said.

CVS also is looking to occupy part of the long-abandoned space at 32nd Avenue and Clement Street in the Outer Richmond, DeAngelis said. The site was formerly occupied by Albertsons, which closed in 2006.

The two locations match what CVS looks for in stores, “accessibility and visibility,” DeAngelis said.

The proposed Outer Richmond store comes as particularly good news to residents, who have long complained that the abandoned space attracts graffiti and other seedy elements, said Ray Holland, president of the Planning Association for the Richmond.

On Thursday, CVS is holding an open house at the proposed store site to discuss plans with residents, DeAngelis said.

Supervisor Eric Mar, whose district includes the Outer Richmond, said he will attend the meeting to listen to any concerns from the community.

“We really need something in that space,” Mar said, adding that he wants to be certain the store partners well with the community and doesn’t harm area mom-and-pop shops.

DeAngelis said the CVS store would fill 14,000 square feet. Questions remain, however, about what will fill the remaining space at 32nd Avenue and Clement Street, which totals some 30,000 square feet.

British retail giant Tesco had planned a Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market on the site, but delayed expansion plans due to the economy. It remains unclear whether Tesco will move forward with its plans, Mar said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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