Monday, May 16, 2016

Chico's Tacos May Close Central Location to Make Way for CVS

By Armando Landin   

National pharmacy retailer CVS has plans to build a new location in Central El Paso, the same location where Walmart tried to build a Neighborhood Market three years ago.

This architectural elevation shows what a CVS Pharmacy may look like once built, planned for Central El Paso. (City of El Paso)

The new CVS Pharmacy would go up at the corner of Montana Avenue and Chelsea Street, on the same property that is currently home to a Chico's Tacos location. Chico's would close and be torn down to make way for the CVS. The site is across the street from an existing Walgreen's pharmacy.

In 2013, Walmart proposed a 35,500 square foot store for the site and was met with loud public outcry against the project. Walmart officials ultimately pulled plans for the project after realizing they did not have enough City Council support for the required rezoning request.

A CVS location in Central El Paso would mean the closing and demolition of one of the oldest Chico's Tacos locations.

The proposed CVS project will actually take up about half the area, with the retail building spanning about 12,000 square feet. Whereas Walmart required occupying the entire block, CVS's plans only require the southern half abutting Montana Avenue.

According to the site plan, the pharmacy would sit in the middle of the property with parking in front. A drive-through would be located at the rear. Entrances to the parking lot would be located along Montana Avenue, Chelsea Street, and Cardon Street.

Site plan for a CVS location in Central El Paso. (City of El Paso)

The rezoning request will be considered at the May 19, 2016, City Plan Commission meeting. No timeline is available for construction.

Related:
Walmart Plans Store for Central El Paso Neighborhood
Walmart Denied: Retailer May Appeal Decision to City Council
Final Walmart Decision Set for Today (Update: Walmart Withdraws Plans)

12 comments:

  1. Same location spot where Walmart wanted to build a grocery store, Walmart would have been way better but the ney sayers and whiners complaint to city council
    and the project was veto.
    None the less CVS is relatively still new to the El Paso market so people must welcome this new pharmacy with open arms and wallets and purses.

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    1. CVS also bought and demolished the old Mesa St. Bar and Grill site that housed three businesses. Now it's a massive suburban-style sea of parking lots with the store located at extreme setback, with four or five cars there at any given time.

      I have never seen such a waste of valuable real estate in an area that El Paso is ostensibly promoting as a "Smart Growth" corridor.

      CVS on Mesa will never get my business.

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    3. Will S. CVS did not buy the property that you are talking about, actually they renovated the building across the street from the building that was known as the Muir Building. Demolished it into a surface parking lot and my take is that maybe Lane Gaddy or some other developer will eventually build something nice in it's place.

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  2. I rather have CVS opposed to Walmart considering they aren't required to pay taxes and frankly that Chino's location is possibly the most disgusting of them all so CVS has my vote, and by disgusting I mean how old and janky the building looks and I personally feel they should take this opportunity to find a new more modern and aesthetically pleasing location.

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    1. I would rather have the business that brings more jobs to El Paso in which this case would had been Walmart as oppose to CVS,regardless El Paso still wins with either store.We need a Walmart in downtown El Paso like one on Paisano street.

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    2. I think downtown is going to get a small-footprint grocery market soon, given the amount of apartments/lofts that are in the works in the next few years. Not a very big fan of Walmart, their business practices or their quality of produce, but that area desperately needs a grocery store if the city wants to see increases in people living downtown.

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    3. I rather have local businesses than a corporate Walmart. Everyone who works/shops there look miserable.

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  3. Local business would also be good it allows for El Paso to create an identity like San Francisco does with it emphasis on small businesses in its communities.

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    1. You can't compare El Paso's local businesses to San Francisco's businesses as well as wages, San Francisco is a way advanced civilization.They don't allow any Walmart stores in San Francisco County, as for local businesses El Paso only has Chico's Taco's and El Tacotote.Gone are the days when El Paso had many of it's own variety local chain stores, like the Popular Department stores the White House,
      Gunning Casteel Rexall drug stores, Union Fashion Mens Apparel,and many others that went out of business.

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