What does Country Fair Shopping Center have in store for us? | Detail

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CHAMPAIGN — The Country Fair mall will lose another tenant when CVS closes its store there next month.

The main complex at Springfield and Mattis Avenues, where CVS and about half a dozen other tenants are located, currently has six vacancies – not including the old movie theater at one end, according to Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.

Coldwell Banker broker Zach Wetherell said the old theater was not available for rent because the owner, GMS Management of Illinois, had other plans for the space.

Information on these plans, and whether there are plans to populate the CVS space, was not available. A call to the GMS Management office in Cleveland was not returned.

The Country Fair Mall is a 33-acre complex that includes other tenants including Ruler Foods, Dollar General, Big Lots, a Thorntons gas station, and a Chase Bank branch.

Current tenants of the main complex with CVS include Talecris Plasma Resources, Karen’s Kloset, Dollar Tree, One-T’s Corner Pocket, Sol Beauty Supply and Champaign Gymnastics.

According to Coldwell Banker, the largest spaces available for rent in the main complex are the former Ants in Their Pants children’s playground and the former This Is It Furniture store.

CVS Health announced in November that it would close 900 stores over three years, and the Country Fair Shopping Center store will close Oct. 3.

The closure of the Country Fair store “is part of realigning our national retail footprint and reducing store density that began in the spring of 2022,” company spokeswoman Amy Thibault said.

“It is based on our assessment of changes in the population, consumer shopping habits and future health needs to ensure we have the right types of stores in the right places for consumers and support the evolution of our stores to community health destinations,” she said.

Thibault said Country Fair CVS orders will be moved to 107. W Green St., C, at the corner of Green and Neil streets.

All store employees at the Country Fair site are being offered comparable jobs within the company, she said.

The closure will leave seven CVS pharmacies remaining in Champaign-Urbana, including those at Target and Schnucks stores.

“Maintaining access to pharmacy services in communities is an important factor we consider when making store closure decisions,” said Thibault. “Other factors include local market dynamics, changes in population, a community’s store density, and ensuring that there are other geographic access points to respond to community news, including COVID-19 tests and vaccinations.”

According to Thibault, HealthChoice Illinois members enrolled in the Aetna Better Health plan will be able to choose to fill their prescriptions at any nearby network pharmacy. For now, their prescriptions are moving to the Green Street store, she said.

Thibault said CVS also offers home delivery of prescriptions to eligible patients through the CVS website and CVS pharmacy app.

Edwin S. Wolfe