Thursday, August 24, 2006

Thursday Musings

With all the talk recently of Bed, Bath & Beyond and other stores potentially coming to City Place, no one has mentioned what that area really needs: a drug store. Yes, I know there is both a CVS and Rite Aid on the other side of the Metro, but it isn’t really that convenient to walk all the way over there if you are in the DTSS area. Besides, you risk life and limb every time you cross Colesvile and/or East West at that intersection and in the 95 degree heat of mid-summer that walk isn’t particularly pleasant. Neither is walking through the bus station. The placement of those drug stores is based on 90’s Silver Spring, not 2006 Silver Spring.

It’s not like there isn’t precedent for a drug store being in that shopping center. There was a People’s Drug in the S.S. shopping center for years, and after that there was a large Rite Aid where the entranceway to the DTSS area from the shopping center is now located.

Speaking of the (new) Rite Aid, I wonder if the developer who built that little shopping center next to the Metro is kicking themselves for not building “luxury” condos instead.

UPDATE: According to Silver Spring Scene, a 20+ story office building is in the works for that exact spot. The most amazing thing about that would be that a Starbucks would actually disappear! Well, at least temporarily.

- For those of you who live in Silver Spring and are interested in getting Verizon's FiOS service, don't believe their website when it says it isn't available in your neighborhood. It told me I couldn't, so I went ahead and got RCN. Now they send me a pamphlet, and it turns out I CAN get it... after I had everything installed by RCN.


- The first annual Silver Spring outdoor movie series kicks off tonight at "Veteran's Field". (Apparently every other town "already has one".) Is it really necessary to have Fresh-Prince-starring-films make up 66.7% of the offerings, though? How about cool old movies like those offered at Screen on the Green?






17 comments:

Rfustero said...

I believe there was once a Dart Drug at the Georgia Ave. Colesville Rd. location(circa-1969)

Silver Springer said...

A 20+ Story office Tower is rumored to go on the rite aid site.

Sligo said...

How old is that shopping plaza? 10 years?

If they are going to tear down that Kinko's, I will be there cheering wildly. I hate that place.

urbannomad said...

There's a drug store on Spring, Service Pharmacy, but I don't think it's a convenient store style one like rite aid or cvs. You can get your drugs but not your groceries there, and they deliver.

Sligo said...

Yeah, I know the one you're talking about. I think that's just to service the patients that go to the doctors' offices right around there.

urbannomad said...

Yeah, I don't know I've never actually gone there, but I have seen their delivery van in front of my building before.

I think they should put in a convenient store (CVS or something) right by the movie theater so I can buy regular priced water and candy to "sneak" into the movie with me. I've already thought it would be cool to own a chain of convenient store that were all located next to large movie theaters.

Sligo said...

You don't want it to be too obvious to the theater that people are doing that, though. I've seen them shake down people at the Uptown before. I had to ditch my soda from the CVS across the street.

WashingtonGardener said...

There is a full-service pharmacy at Safeway -- Fenton and Thayer/Bonifant. They also have your full stock of drugstore like items - shampoo, bandaids, etc. Plus movie theater candy & soda
;-)

Anonymous said...

There is a full-service pharmacy at the Safeway, the problem is they usually have only two registers open and you have to wait in line for over 10 minutes!

I emailed Safeway about the lack of staff there and I received an email back that said that the store is experiencing rapid growth and they are hiring more staff. It has gotten better lately, luckily.


I really want the Harris Teeter to open - that is part of the "new" Falkland development, correct?

Keith said...

...another drugstore?

I think that's a little much...there are at least three places to get your drugs (safeway, cvs, and riteaid) within a half mile walk of "the new dtss".

is that really inconvenient?

aren't there other businesses that would be more desirable?

Sligo said...

OK, when I say "drug store", I really mean one of the larger stores like Rite Aid or CVS, rather than just a place to get a prescription filled. (I have no prescriptions, BTW) Yes, there are places relatively nearby where technically I can get that service performed, however it would certainly be convenient to have a full-size CVS (or whatever) in City Place. Certainly it would be better than many of the places they have now. If they are going to tear down the Rite Aid by the Metro, maybe it can be moved over to that side of town.

Anonymous said...

What we really need in DTSS is a G Street Fabrics- where have all the fabric stores gone????

Sligo said...

What's interesting is that G Street fabrics isn't on G Street.

Anonymous said...

Has anybody seen the signs along Ellsworth indicating an multi-story office buidling will be put ON TOP of City Place? That will really help push CP to upgrade, having those office workers upstairs as a walk-in customer base.

Anonymous said...

I just saw that sign today for the new offices on top of City Place. Good news indeed.

Also, I am very impressed with the selection at DSW Warehouse, having just left there with three pairs of shoes for various family members. This is the kind of retail we need. You don't need to go up Rockville Pike or to Montgomery Mall for shoes!

Terry in Silver Spring said...

The SS Safeway has bigger problems than long lines. They seem to have regular problems with their freezer cases. I gave up shopping there after I bought a series of frozen items that had been thawed and refrozen (big ice crystals in the product for a start). Bleech.

With the new plans for northern part of Falkland Chase and the Rite-Aid/Kinkos shopping center, the intersections of E-W Highway with 16th Street and Colesville Road can't get anything but worse. I walk that way on the way to work and have too many close calls, and was even hit by a car once. I can't imagine what the traffic will be like.

Silver Springer said...

I think the benefits of the Rite-Aid site development would far out weigh the costs. We need this.

The more people find difficulty in driving the more they will want to walk or take mass transit. This will only push Silver Spring into a far more urban place.

Funny how Rosslyn doesn't have this problem but they have far taller office buildings than Silver Spring.

A lot people really need take a look at what is happening on the other side of the river instead of being stuck in their shell.