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That CVS store proposed last year on Fairview Avenue in Boise? Here's what's happening

By David Staats

dstaats@idahostatesman.com

This artist’s rendering of the CVS Pharmacy planned for the Westgate Shopping Center in Boise will cost between $6 million and $8 million, the developer said.
This artist’s rendering of the CVS Pharmacy planned for the Westgate Shopping Center in Boise will cost between $6 million and $8 million, the developer said. Project planning documents filed with the city of Boise

Work may begin soon on Boise's first CVS Pharmacy.

The city of Boise has issued a construction permit for the two-story store on the site of a former Zions Bank at the northwest corner of Fairview Avenue and Cole Road. The permit requires that construction start within 180 days, though extensions may be requested.

The timing of the work was not immediately known. The CVS construction manager overseeing the project did not return messages seeking comment.

Plans for the store became public last spring (see below). The 14,476-square-foot store will cost an estimated $2.1 million.

CVS drew opposition from neighborhood associations when it proposed a second Boise store at State and 17th streets last year. The company withdrew that proposal in January.

CVS in December announced plans to merge with Aetna, the health insurer, in a move intended in part to expand the role CVS's pharmacies play in health care and in part to help Aetna manage insurance costs more effectively by providing care.

The story below, written by Zach Kyle, was published April 7, 2017, under the headline, "Developer plans to bring big-name pharmacy to Fairview Avenue in Boise":

Boise may soon gets its first CVS Pharmacy.

A developer has submitted plans to the city proposing to demolish a vacant Zions Bank branch in the Westgate Shopping Center near the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Cole Road and replace it with a CVS.

The one-story pharmacy would include 13,100 square feet and a drive-through. A small building immediately north of the bank branch that most recently housed Bail Out Bail Bonds would also be demolished to make room for the pharmacy. So would a small part of the vacant Hastings Entertainment store in the shopping center.

CVS operates more than 9,600 pharmacies. The only other CVS in Idaho is in Nampa inside the Target store on Marketplace Boulevard just north of I-84.

Indianapolis-based TM Crowley is the project developer. Cody Herbster, vice president for real estate development, said he hopes the store opens in 2018.

It is not clear whether CVS plans additional stores in the Treasure Valley. Herbster referred the question to CVS, which did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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