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End of an eraPosted Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 1:56 PM
A new CVS/pharmacy is under construction at the intersection of North Main Street and Colloredo Boulevard, and when it opens it will be, in one sense, the end of an era -- because it will mean the closure of the CVS location in Big Springs Shopping Center.
If you think about it, the drugstore -- although it moved once and changed name and ownership several times -- is the last of, if not the original tenants, at least the tenants that I remember when my family moved here in 1972.
In the north building, the one whose storefronts run parallel to Lane Parkway, there was a Cooper & Martin grocery store and a Big K. I worked one Christmas at the Big K, just after it had been sold to Wal-Mart and was operating as "Walmart Big K," while getting ready to expand and adopt the full Wal-Mart product line.
In the east building, the one whose storefronts are perpendicular to Lane Parkway, there were, among others, Sullivan's, Kroger and SupeRx Drugs. The Kroger was in the space now occupied by CVS; the SupeRx was originally just next door. When Kroger moved out to Madison Street, SupeRx (which, at the time, was owned by Kroger) moved into the old Kroger space. SupeRx was later sold to Revco, which was eventually sold to CVS/pharmacy.
The shopping center has seen other tenants come and go; now, of course, its anchors (along with the CVS) are a Goodwill store and a United Grocery Outlet, as well as a Dollar General Store.
I'm sure the new CVS will be nice, like other stand-alone CVS stores I've visited. But the closure of the CVS at Big Springs will be the end of the last remaining link to the center as it existed when our family first moved here.
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John I. Carney is city editor of the Times-Gazette.
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