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Developer confirms CVS coming to Central and Oliver

Tuesday, November 27 2012 12:00 AM

Developer confirms CVS coming to Central and Oliver

By Carrie Rengers

Published by The Wichita Eagle 

WICHITA — Developer Christian Ablah now confirms what planning documents showed this summer:

CVS store is coming to the northeast corner of Central and Oliver. Ablah and his father, Don, of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

CVS representatives have yet to confirm that the Rhode Island-based chain of pharmacies is entering the market, but construction already has begun on one of the stores at the southwest corner of 13th and Maize Road.

A CVS also is coming to the northwest corner of 21st and Amidon.

The same planning documents that show replatting was happening for the store at Central and Oliver also showed that one is in the works at the southwest corner of Harry and Hillside.

The former Rossiter liquor store will be torn down to make room for the CVS at Central and Oliver, which will also be on property where a bingo parlor used to be. Ablah says that corner, which he says is one of the main ones in College Hill, has been popular through the years with businesses such as the Tower Theater.

“I grew up in College Hill,” Ablah says. “College Hill is my favorite neighborhood in Wichita. I’m very excited to see a great national retailer choose this site. … Other national retailers that we’re talking to will understand what CVS has understood. That this is just a great corner with fantastic density (and) and great incomes.”

He expects work to start on the CVS in the next couple of weeks.

There’s still room for a couple of approximately 3,500-square-foot buildings for retail or restaurants near the corner as well.

Ablah also is working on redeveloping about three acres on the southeast corner of the intersection, starting where the former Dillons store is.

“We’re still working on a very exciting development.”

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