CVS in Honesdale has moved a step closer to relocating to the DSFI building at the southern end of town.


CVS in Honesdale has moved a step closer to relocating to the DSFI building at the southern end of town.

The Zaremba group, a preferred developer for CVS Pharmacy, was granted conditional use approval by Honesdale Borough Council at Monday night’s special meeting.
Consultant Tom Shepstone, Shepstone Management Company, says the next move is to file a detailed subdivision and land development plan for the proposed 13,225 square foot CVS pharmacy.

Conditional use approval was granted with several stipulations attached, including:
• Compliance with any and all sewage disposal application and approval granted by the borough sewage enforcement officer and/or the Central Wayne Regional Authority.
• Approval, if appropriate, of the Planning Module by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
• Application and approval of any necessary land development submission
• Compliance with any and all of the supplemental regulations and for performance standards of the ordinance, including, but not limited to: noise restrictions, a landscaping plan, a lighting plan, a parking plan and a signage plan.

Mary Ann Wervey, regional director of retail development for the Zaremba Group, says the new CVS store will boast 13,225 square feet, whereas the current CVS is between 8 and 10,000 square feet.

The new pharmacy will feature a “double drive-thru configuration, to make it convenient for people to drop off and pick up their prescriptions at this particular location,” she said.
Dependent on approvals, Wervey says they would like to begin construction on the new CVS next year. 

As to when the doors would be open, Wervey said it’s typically a six-month construction.
Keeping the CVS downtown is a “critical benefit to the community,” Shepstone said. “That’s one of the reasons why we’re appreciative of the way the Borough worked with us, because keeping this downtown is very important to keeping traffic downtown.” 

Asked how long CVS has been at its current Main Street location, Shepstone said, “There’s been a drugstore on that site since it was called the Jadwin Pharmacy, which goes back to the 1930s or maybe before. So, there’s been a pharmacy there continuously for many, many decades.”

Along with the CVS, Shepstone said additional development is under consideration at the site.

“We have a pad site for a potential branch bank or something of that order. Maybe it could end up being some other financial services company or something like that, but that’s the kind of business we’re thinking about because it fits from a size perspective and it also fits from a traffic perspective, which is very important,” he said.

Again quashing rumors of a possible Burger King for the site, Shepstone said, “Burger King would generate far too much traffic for the site.”