The tentative opening date for the new Walgreens is March 8, with an official grand opening celebration set for April 19, a Walgreens official says.
“Of course, this could change,” observed Lori Kaskowitz Kenward, a Walgreens official charged with dealing with print media and grand openings, in a response to an e-mail query.
The building, located at the intersection of North Broad Street and Homer Road diagonally across from CVS, appears to be almost completed. Its parking lot is paved and the outdoor lighting is installed.
“They haven’t turned the building over to Walgreens yet,” noted David Zellner, director of planning and development for the city.
Zellner confirmed Monday night that the Walgreens contractor is also shooting for a March 8 opening.
“They were moving stuff into the building today,” he said.
Unfortunately, most of downtown IS history. I think we still need a small down atmosphere, but I do not think we need a ghost town standing as a faded reminder of Commerce's more prosperous times. I miss the days when downtown Commerce was thriving. I'm hoping Walgreens is a catalyst that reignites the prosperity of downtown Commerce. I think everyone has just been too worried this is going to become another Gwinnett County if we embrace progress. I'm afraid downtown Commerce will virtually disappear and be merely a collection of empty buildings if we don't.
honestly I absolutely love this town! I have been here for 25 years and I am so glad to see
SOMETHING finally come to town. In our history we have had no new businesses in our town that has made it for more than a year. The people who live here know that. So to see some kind of new jobs come to our local, right in town, economy is fantastic for me. Notice every business is owned and ran by the people who own them from the local clothing store to the eating places. CVS even purchased the original Revco that used to be here and Commerce Drug was just aquired by another pharmacy co. So please, lets try to have something good to say about our downtown. We know our history and very proud of it. Remember however, A lot of us have children that are beginning to wonder what their hometown has to offer and right now that seems like all it is... Is History.
The only ones to blame for the lack of growth in downtown is the dinosaur leadership we have. The utilities are outrageous for businesses and the ordinances are outdated. The traffic through dt is still strong, but no one can afford to have a business here for very long.