For the last year Duboce Triangle neighborhood Association (DTNA) has been fighting to keep a new mega-chain store, CVS Pharmacy, at bay from moving a standard, suburban cookie-cutter, style store into the Castro. According to the latest news from DTNA they've managed to convince CVS to make serious alterations to CVS's original store, designed by a local Noe Valley architect, destined for the first floor of the old Tower Record Complex, making it more Castro friendly. Changes to the scope of the business from the original CVS proposal that the Corporation has agreed to include:
- Limiting store and delivery hours.
- Restraint of all deliveries from the residential (Noe St.) side of the complex.
- Not to sell alcohol.
- Roof parking lot will be open for all accompanying neighbor stores to have access to.
- Redesign of the stores interior so front facing windows aren't used like Walgreens on Market and Castro Streets displaying their wares like a 99 Cent Store.
- Signage will be a unique design and less obtrusive. The plan had called for a large, almost billboard sized sign-now-it will be a backlit smaller sign.
- An elevator will be installed to the second floor.
- Bay windows removed.
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