IN NORTH COVENTRY, SWAPPING OUT PHARMACIES – A new CVS Pharmacy on Route 724 in North Coventry is rising (at top) outside the Coventry Mall, in the area that once housed the Lone Star Steakhouse restaurant, and Verizon and GameStop stores. Those buildings sat empty since July 2013, having been closed because of what were described as structural issues, and were razed in mid-July. On Saturday (Sept. 26, 2015), a little more than two months later, orange-clad employees (above and below) of the North Carolina-based Ashland Construction Company were at work installing a facade on the already completed building shell. The new structure is several times larger than the existing CVS that occupies a storefront in the mall strip plaza just to the west. It will close when the new store opens.
Photos by Joe Zlomek for The Post Publications LLC