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CVS May Open in Bedford Hills

Diamond Properties to seek approval for a drive-through window for a new store location.

CVS, the national drug retailer, may join the Panera Bread Company and the Marshall's Mega Shoe Outlet as the newest tenants in the Shop Rite shopping plaza at 711-741 N. Bedford Road in Bedford Hills.

CVS also operates a store just down the road, at 360 N. Bedford Road in Mt. Kisco. The pharmacy chain, based in Woonsocket, RI, operates more than 7,000 stores which fill more than one billion prescriptions per year.

Representatives from Diamond Properties, the Mt. Kisco-based property owner, will go before Bedford's planning board Tuesday night to seek a parking variance to allow for the construction of a drive-through window.

If the parking change is not approved, CVS may decide to pull the plug, according to Jim Diamond, owner of Diamond Properties.

"They'll make a decision at that time," he said.

CVS is planning to move to the north side of the plaza—now called "Bedford Green on 117." Shop Rite as the anchor tenant, in addition to Wines and Spirits of Westchester, the Pet Pub and J & M Deli, among others.

Diamond Properties acquired the 120,000 square foot shopping center in 2008. The site was in need of a facelift, he said, and they got to work right away.

"We started the renovation in 2009; the previous facade was on the building for a long time. We're finished with the façade, and have plans before the town for the parking lot and the landscaping."

Marshall's Mega Shoe Outlet opened last spring, and the Panera Bread Company is slated to open the first week in August.

The Mt. Kisco-based company owns 2 million square feet of property in Northern Westchester, including the Grand Prix warehouse at 333 N. Bedford Road, where its offices are located, and 532 N. Bedford Road, home of Pedigree Ski Shop and the World of Golf. 

Check back with Patch for updates on changes to the plaza.

 
Lisa Buchman (Editor) July 27, 2010 at 12:36 AM
Will you welcome a new CVS? Let us know what you think.
Adam July 27, 2010 at 02:01 PM
Ugh! Definitely not welcome. Do we really need a CVS every mile? Does Bedford Hills really need to become another part of Generica? I appreciate shopping opportunities as much as anyone else, but Drug Mart is already in that plaza and it totally blows away CVS. I can go into Drug Mart and have a prescription filled while I wait and not have to wait on line. The staff there is friendly and helpful. CVS would likely put them out of business and murder yet another small business owner. Good luck getting any quality customer service from CVS ever...
Matt July 28, 2010 at 02:50 AM
Would they close the other one, which is essentially right next door? I wish they would do an overhaul to the Katonah shopping center where olivers and A&P are similiar to what they did to this one -- it looks great and the one in katonah looks like at total dump (and arroway next door needs a major facelift too -- it is up for sale, so maybe the new owners will fix it up.
Dan July 28, 2010 at 06:28 PM
They will close the other CVS and Drug Mart will close, CVS wanted to put up a new building where Arroway Chevy was in Katonah but the town board said no a few months ago.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) July 28, 2010 at 07:07 PM
A CVS spokesperson said today that the new location will be 14,000 square feet, slightly larger than they usually build in the region. He also said that the new pharmacy is a project for 2011-2012 and it was too early to speculate about the closing of the existing location on North Bedford Road. Will be interesting to see how it unfolds.
Adam July 28, 2010 at 08:02 PM
Katonah maintains integrity - no Starbucks, no McDonald's, no CVS! Bedford Hills is nosediving into yet another nondescript town. Just drive down 117 and you could be anywhere. It is a shame. I really like Drug Mart and I hope that someone has the moxie to put an end to this travesty. There are so many empty shells of failed businesses along 117. They are the tomb stones of failed businesses. CVS in "Bedford Green" (isn't that actually already in Bedford Village) is just going to put another small business under and help line the pockets of a huge corporation. Be ready to stand in lines like cattle and be "helped" by people who really don't care about you and who surely would not go out of their way to get you something that they don't have on hand (like Drug Mart does). If this goes through, you can bet that I will not set foot in that store. I will move all my prescriptions over to Katonah Pharmacy.
Dan July 29, 2010 at 05:41 PM
Sorry Adam and Lisa, Drug Mart sold to CVS and is closing and after CVS moves into the new location the other store will close. As for empty store's on 117, Katonah also has empty stores which is almost unheard of. CVS was also going to buy out the two in Katonah if the town approved a building at the Arroway location.
Adam July 29, 2010 at 07:16 PM
How do you know that Drug Mart already sold out?
Dan July 29, 2010 at 08:37 PM
Store is closed as of 8pm tonight.
Adam July 30, 2010 at 12:47 AM
Sorry to see it go ;-(

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