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Retail Corridor: CVS dumps Eckerd’s drug stores in East Valley

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Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2004 7:04 am | Updated: 5:14 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Pharmacy giant CVS, which bought rival Eckerd’s last month in a $2.15 billion deal, has closed three Arizona Eckerd’s — all serving East Valley customers — because they are too close to CVS stores.

Prescriptions were automatically transferred to the nearest CVS, said company spokesman Mike DeAngelis.

Dumped drug stores include:

4726 E. Shea Blvd. in east Phoenix, with prescriptions transferred to the Eckerd’s at 10010 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.

That store is being rebranded as a CVS.

4330 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa, with prescriptions transferred to the CVS across the street at 1212 S. Greenfield Road.

25 S. Val Vista Drive in Mesa, with prescriptions moved to the CVS at 360 N. Val Vista Drive.

DeAngelis said there are no more local consolidations planned.

Watch for all Eckerd’s to be rebranded as CVS stores within the next 12 to 18 months.

All stores of either brand planned or under construction, including a store at Indian School and Miller roads in Scottsdale, will open as CVS.

CVS will be responsible for the leases of the shuttered stores, but DeAngelis said the company is not aggressively seeking new tenants for the empty boxes.

"Right now, we’re focused on the stores we’re converting," he said. The merger and later consolidation leaves CVS with 44 Arizona locations, most of them in the Valley.

FOR PIZZA LOVERS

Boston’s, the Gourmet Pizza started cooking its signature pizza, pasta and ribs Wednesday at its second East Valley hot spot.

The new restaurant is at 1026 S. Gilbert Road in Gilbert, near the intersection of Gilbert and Warner roads.

A Boston’s at 400 W. University Drive in Tempe, the only other Arizona location for the chain, has been making gourmet pizzas for about six years.

Fans of the Tempe Boston’s will find the same packed menu but lots of decor differences at the Gilbert version, assistant general manager Scott Hubener said.

Possibly the biggest difference is the walled separation of the sports bar and the family-focused restaurant.

The sports bar, which features big screen TVs, also includes the NTN trivia game, which allows customers to interact.

The Gilbert store is the 21st U.S. location for the Canadianbased eatery. There are more than 200 in Canada.

NEW STORES

Superstition Springs Center in east Mesa got a couple of new shops. Good Feet and Wireless Planet Accessories are now open.

Across town, Baker’s Fashion Footwear Boutique and Picture Perfect Gallery & Framing have opened at west Mesa’s Fiesta Mall. And Game Wizard plans to open Monday.

Also keeping shoppers on their toes at Fiesta Mall, Shu’z has relocated to the upper level near Sears.

If you have a new shop to tell us about or you see activity at a retail location and are wondering what’s happening, let us know.

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