Word from the Mayor of Eldersburg is that CVS is negotiating (or already has negotiated) to build a stand-alone store at the corner of Barthalow Road and Route 32. This plot of land has been in a state of stasis, so to speak, for many years - at least 13 1/2 as that's how long I've lived here. Word was that Chick-Fil-A was going to occupy this spot, but I got clarification that this is a multi-unit plot, with CVS occupying the southern plot and Chick-Fil-A in the northern plot closer to the funeral home.
Additionally, there were will be limited access to the site, as it's already a very congested corner. If I heard correctly, there will be a right-in/right-out on Route 32. Not sure how the entrance will look on Barthalow. I would imagine that this entrance would also have to be a right-in/right-out. How would you go north out of the site without driving up to Johnsville Road and circling back? (other than making a U-turn on Caren Drive or in the Liberty High School parking lot?
What does this mean for the CVS in the Eldersburg Plaza? I think this spells doom. Additionally, I think Eldersburg Plaza is suffering from ForLease-itus. Too many empty units or not units that are not ideally occupied. Additionally, with a new stand-along CVS, we can almost see the stand-alone Wal-Green's not 800 feet away. Are we to now expect a stand-alone Rite-Aid?
And note the sign in the window that shows milk at $3.99 per gallon. If the pundits are correct, then this time next year milk will be about $8 per gallon.
Here's the intersection of Barthalow and Route 32 as it is now.