Concord awaits developer’s decision on downtown Walgreens

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Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013 9:54 am

CONCORD, N.C. –Concord officials are trying to heat up interest in development of the old Heilig-Meyers building at the corner of Church Street and Cabarrus Avenue.

There is concern among city officials that Walgreens may be cooling in its interest in the downtown Concord site.

In January, city council unanimously approved a bid of $300,000 from Connolly Net Lease LLC to buy the property and develop it into a Walgreens pharmacy. The company was given a 180-day inspection period, which ends in July, to determine if the property is suitable.

“I think city council is concerned that the developer has not made a decision yet and possibly Walgreens might be concerned about having a store so close to its other locations,” Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt said.

Walgreens has locations at the corner of Warren C. Coleman Boulevard and Cabarrus Avenue West and on Concord Parkway across from the Carolina Mall.

Councilman Hector Henry said Walgreens should also consider that the construction coming at Exit 58 and I-85 will greatly impact the Concord Parkway location.

The proclamation, which was not on the agenda, was discussed Wednesday but no formal vote was taken. All council members said they agreed to support Mayor Scott Padgett making the proclamation.

“… Elected officials, Concord Downtown Development Corporation, and downtown merchants and business owners agree the proposed Walgreens would be an extremely positive addition to the quaint, yet vibrant downtown area,” the proclamation said.

The proclamation also points out Union Street’s recent win in the Great Main Street competition which recognized the walkability and special events that are held downtown to make it a special place for visitors and residents.

The last paragraph proclaims support in bold letters for a “DOWNTOWN CONCORD WALGREENS STORE DAY.”

The current building on the site would be torn down and a 14,000-square-foot building would be constructed if Connelly Net Lease proceeds with the purchase. The developer also said there would be special landscaping and design to fit in with the downtown surroundings.

Downtown officials initially wanted to save the building, which was built in 1929, but the leaking roof has resulted in mold and a deteriorated floor system. City documents said inspections have found mortar and bricks breaking down and structural issues with the building.

The site adjoins the Historic Concord Hotel and the former Fifth Third Bank building, which are both being marketed in the same downtown block. Those two buildings front on Union Street North.

Contact Mark Plemmons at 704-789-9140.

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