The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 8, 2012

Walgreens finalizing papers on Tarboro location

Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker

TARBORO — Walgreens, based in Deerfield, Ill., will locate a store in Tarboro following the finalization of paperwork with the Town of Tarboro.

The store will be located on the corner of North Main and Howard Avenue, which is currently occupied by a Handy Mart convenience store and a self-serve carwash.

“The discussion has been under way for the better part of six months,” said town manager Alan Thornton. Thornton said newly hired town planner Josh Edmondson was working with Walgreen’s and was “waiting on a couple of pieces of information.‚Ä®With 8,469 locations in the United States and Puerto Rico, Walgreens is the largest drug store chain in the world. The company has added 279 locations through the first 10 months of the year and is on track to fill 784 million prescriptions this year.

The new store is expected to take about 9-10 months — weather permitting — to construct once all documents are executed, permit hurdles cleared and approval received from the town council.

According to Walgreens, the average store is about 14,500 square feet and contains a sales floor of about 11,000 square feet.

Walgreens will become the sixth drug store in Tarboro, joining Bryan Drugs’ two locations, Rite Aid, Thorne Drugs and Walmart.

The new store will be located in the southeast corner of the Main and Howard intersection, while Rite Aid occupies the northwest corner. Rite Aid entered the local market when Eckerd’s 259 North Carolina locations were sold.

Both Bryan and Thorne’s have a long and established history in the community.