CVS to open new store in Dinkytown

The pharmacy chain will move into the new Sydney Hall apartment building.

Katherine Lymn

CVS Pharmacy finalized its spot in the new Sydney Hall building last month and is set to open in early 2011. The drug store, which will compete with locally owned small grocery store House of Hanson, will feature a MinuteClinic, said Teya Rydrych, director of residential management for Doran Companies. House of Hanson owner Laurel Bauer said she is not happy with the idea of having a corporationâÄôs presence in Dinkytown, but she feels the more personal attention given to customers at her store will keep it afloat. CVS spokeswoman Joanne Dwyer said the corporation puts stores where they see the most demand. âÄúWeâÄôve tried to keep Dinkytown to be the smaller, entrepreneurial stores run by independents, and weâÄôve done a pretty decent job of keeping the corporate conglomerates âÄî whatever you want to call them âÄî out of here,âÄù Bauer said. The CVS store may âÄúundercut pricesâÄù because they can afford to buy in bulk more than Bauer can, she said. Skott Johnson, Dinkytown Business Association president, said House of Hanson has âÄúfilled in the blanksâÄù since similar-style stores have closed. âÄúI think [CVS] will probably hurt House of Hanson in a way; they offer an awful lot of articles and food and merchandise thatâÄôll probably be carried at CVS,âÄù Johnson said. Nevertheless, Johnson said it will help Dinkytown business as a whole if people come from the other side of campus specifically for CVS. âÄúIf more people are headed to this side of campus to come make a purchase, thatâÄôll help Dinkytown,âÄù Johnson said. The opportunity to have a pharmacy and possibly a clinic in the store is welcomed by Bauer and Johnson, as House of Hanson cannot process prescriptions. âÄúItâÄôs a large population around here; anything you can do to improve the health and the services in the area I think is a plus for us,âÄù Johnson said of the possible clinic. Johnson said the CVS location would be beneficial for those who are not affiliated with the University and who live in and around Dinkytown, as they cannot use the nearby Boynton Health Service. âÄúI guess, if I had had my druthers, I would have said, âÄòBuild your apartment building, but leave the retail to the rest of us who have been doing it for the last 150 years,âÄô âÄù Bauer said.