The new CVS pharmacy in West Duluth opened quietly Sunday, marking the pharmacy giant’s entrance into the Twin Ports market. By Monday, people were filtering in at a good rate, greeted by a cheerful store staffer.
The actually grand opening will be this Sunday, the same day a new CVS store is set to open at North 28th Street and Banks Ave. in Superior.
The West Duluth CVS, at Grand and 46th Avenue West, is right across the street from a Walgreens store. Locating its stores across the street from the industry leader is part of CVS’s aggressive, combat strategy for market share. Regardless of how one feels about that, I got to admit, the new CVS store is downright pleasant. Far from the stark warehouse feel of a lot of stores, colors are pleasing, the ceiling isn’t overly high with the stark industrial look that’s popular now. Sections are labeled clearly. A curving walkway helps you along. And with shelving just shoulder high, it’s easy to see across the store to to what you want and it’s easy to reach anything.
“The big thing with CVS is we want customers to see our pharmacy so they know where to go,” said one store staffer. And, he said, no one will have to strain to reach anything high.
The West Duluth CVS is big enough to have a craft section for kids, seasonal items, even some clothes and boots. It employs about 30 people, the staffer said.
A third CVS coming to the Twin Ports, at Superior Street and 12th Avenue East in Duluth, has been delayed. The Plaza strip mall — to be razed to make way for CVS — has been vacated except for the Beijing Restaurant, which had a long-term lease and is the lone holdout. Last we heard, construction could be delayed two or three years as a result.