Developer hopes to bring new Walgreens to Cheverly
Planned location just across the street from a CVS store
Residents in Cheverly and outside Landover Hills will discover whether two drugstores are better than one as the plans for a new Walgreens are underway.
The approximately 15,000-square-foot mostly brick Walgreens with a drive-through window and a second floor for storage is planned for the corner of Kilmer Street and Route 202, according to Lanham developer The Michael Companies. Just across Kilmer is a CVS Pharmacy at 6516 Landover Road sitting next to a Giant Food Store that is scheduled to close Feb. 24.
Closing Giant was a business decision based on the size22,000 square feet and the age of the location which opened in 1966, according to Jamie Miller, a Giant spokesman. Giant Food locations are typically about 50,000 square feet, Miller said.
A detailed site plan for Walgreens is currently under Prince George's County Planning Department review, said Kevin Kennedy of The Michael Companies at a Jan. 24 Cheverly town council work session. A date has not been set yet for when it will come before the Prince George's County Planning Board for possible approval, Kennedy said. David Michael, senior vice president of The Michael Companies, said if all goes well they could possibly break ground by this summer.
Mamie Smith, a Radiant Valley resident, said that she would rather see a drugstore in Kent Village or Dodge Park than next door to the CVS on the corner of Kilmer Street and Route 202. She suggested the Cherry Hill Shopping Center on MD Route 450 as a place that could benefit from a drugstore.
"That would be a perfect place for it," Smith said. "We don't have a drugstore up there. We have the 24-hour [Cheverly CVS] store down the street. I don't think Walgreens would serve a good purpose right there, not at all."
The Michael Companies also leases the space where CVS is located and said the store agreed to a 10-year lease extension with the knowledge that a Walgreens was in the works, said Kevin Kennedy of The Michael Companies. Brian Keahey, store manager of the Cheverly CVS, said he is not permitted to make any comment on the potential impact of a Walgreens.
Cheverly Councilwoman Laila Riazi (Ward 1) said it all comes down to providing services to residents and if Walgreens is a good neighbor and provider then the community will respond positively.
"The business aspect will be decided between the businesses," Riazi said. "I'm looking for quality products, quality service and that it's a good neighbor for the community."
Riazi said she also looks at this as an opportunity to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety at the intersection of Route 202 and Kilmer Street.
Kilmer Street would be widened and a second left turn lane would be added next to an existing lane that is both a left turn and through lane, Kennedy said. An extra turn lane would be added to turn into the Walgreens and walking path from the corner of Kilmer and Route 202 is also planned, he said.