CVS construction to restart in November

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By Brian Sweeney
The owners of the Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville are hoping to begin construction of the adjacent CVS Pharmacy next month.

Dan Katz, vice president of PSK Supermarkets that operates Freshtown, told the News this week that CVS officials are reviewing updated plans for the store.
Mr. Katz said that once CVS personnel have reviewed the preliminary plans, the document will be updated as needed and then presented for final municipal approval.

“We are proceeding with all due diligence in the final stages of submitting plans,” Mr. Katz explained.

Work on rebuilding the CVS began last summer, but was put on hold while some building issues were worked out.

Mr. Katz said if all approvals are finalized soon, his company anticipates that work on the pharmacy will begin in November. If the weather cooperates, the store could be completed in four to five months.

“Our goal would be to open in the spring,” Mr. Katz added.
The CVS Pharmacy was hit hard by the historic August 28, 2011 flooding that caused extensive damage throughout the village. When damage to the CVS building was assessed the day after the flood, the building was razed because of safety concerns.

The Freshtown Supermarket also sustained widespread flood damage. In order to reopen, the store was essentially gutted and all equipment was replaced. The process was a lengthy one and the store did not reopen until late May.

Mr. Katz said there are a few upgrades being made in the Freshtown’s customer service area, but all other work has been completed.

Despite the long rebuilding process, Mr. Katz said his company is pleased to be back in business in Margaretville.

“The store is doing well,” he stated.