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Walgreens considers Washington Road store

A new drug store may be on its way to Thomson.

At least that's the latest talk from one local official, who indicated during a Rotary Club luncheon last Thursday that a Walgreens may be building on property near the intersection of Washington and Harrison roads.

McDuffie County Planning Director Fred Guerrant was guest speaker at the club's weekly luncheon at the Thomson Depot. During an interview later, Mr. Guerrant again confirmed that it was his understanding from other individuals that officials with Walgreens are interested in building a new drug store.

Already, two individuals, Bill Gryboski and Gerard Gunthert, Atlanta area developers have discussed the proposed project with Mr. Guerrant. Efforts to contact the two men to discuss the project more in detail, however, have failed.

The developers, according to Mr. Guerrant, acquire property and then build to suit the lease tenant.

"I do know at this point and time that they would construct a new building to the specifications requested By Walgreens and that they would apply for annexation into the city limits," Mr. Guerrant said.

Annexation plats already have been submitted to the McDuffie County Planning Commission, he added. In addition, a site study also is underway and should be completed By the end of this month.

The planning director also said he knew the site location would be where Thrifty Auto Parts and Select Cars & Trucks now exist, at the intersection of Washington and Harrison roads.

"It's my understanding that a Walgreens would be built right there in that area," Mr. Guerrant said. "Obviously, both of the existing businesses wouldn't be there any longer."

Walgreens, which was established in 1901, operates more than 5,700 drug stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, according to information on the chain's website.

During last Thursday night's Thomson City Council meeting, members approved of a first reading of an annexation request concerning Walgreens coming to Thomson. A second and final reading is expected at next month's council meeting.

Web posted on Thursday, June 21, 2007

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