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New pharmacy a sign of commercial resurgence in Upper Saucon

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Construction on a new stand-alone CVS store in Upper Saucon Township is on tight deadline for summer opening, according to township officials.

Construction continues for a target summer opening, with work crews and heavy equipment operating seven days a week at Fairmont Shopping Center at Route 309 and Fairmount Street.

The new CVS in Lehigh County is an estimated 12,900-square-foot facility, featuring a drive-through window for prescription drop-off and pickup, CVS officials said.

The construction of CVS could be a visible indicator of a broader resurgence in new building activity in the township, according to Sharyn Heater, Upper Saucon Township spokeswoman.

“We've had more permit requests and plans submitted in the first quarter of 2013 … than we had in the previous three years,” Heater said.

While much of the new permitting is for residential development, commercial starts – including new tenant requests at the nearby Promenade Shops and Class A office space at Stabler Center – also were invigorated, she said.

“Projects that had been mothballed and collecting dust are now having renewed interest,” Heater said.

Heater said greater visibility made the Fairmont location – the site of a former bank which closed in December 2012 – attractive. A Weis grocery store anchors the shopping center, which also includes restaurants, a sandwich shop, dry cleaner and real estate office.

“Our customers are looking for this kind of convenience with the drive-through,” said Michael DeAngelis, CVS corporate spokesman.

A publicly held company, CVS operates 7,400 pharmacy and consumer goods retail locations across the nation, DeAngelis said.

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