Real Estate and Retail

Drug store chain plans next location

July 25, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Rite Aid L'Oreal
Rite Aid, founded in 1962, operates roughly 4,700 drug stores in the U.S. Photo via

A drug store chain is planning to open a new location along a major retail corridor in town.

Grand Rapids-based CWD Real Estate Investment will present a proposed Rite Aid, with a drive-thru, at the Grand Rapids Planning Commission meeting on Thursday.

The proposed site is currently a vacant office building, vacant lot and parking lot, at 2410 and 2420 Burton St. SE.

The office building would be demolished.

The 11,150-square-foot store on the 1.17-acre site would be a relocation of the Rite Aid store currently in the Breton Village mall, which is across the street.

Both the request for a drive-thru window and the request to sell wine, beer and distilled spirits for off-site consumption require a Special Land Use approval by the city Planning Commission.

“Rite Aid has been an important component of this neighborhood for many years without incident,” an application to the city says.

The site was approved for a zoning change in September 2013 from Neighborhood Office Service to Traditional Business Area.

“The immediate area is home to several commercial buildings, including many that are single tenant with drive-thrus — including Macatawa Bank and PNC Bank,” the application says. “Further, the northeast corner is home to a car wash and gas station. The proposed use is consistent with the character of these existing uses.”

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