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Shoppers Drug Mart project cancelled

Five years later, the Shoppers Drug Mart project officially will not move forward in downtown Picton.
Council, at the Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday, will receive a report recommending the release of funds and cancellation of the project.

The Engineering, Development and Works Commission report recommends council approve the release of the development funds in principle subject to 6876307 Canada Limited leveling the property, seeding with grass seed and removing the construction fence.

The Chief Building Official recommends the site restorative work be undertaken as the site may remain vacant for some time.

A bylaw to repeal bylaw 2620-2010 would then be brought forward to the next council meeting for enactment. The funds would not be released until completion of the restorative work.

In May 2010 council approved a Site Plan Agreement for the construction of a new Shoppers Drug Mart store at the corner of Picton Main and Washburn streets. That agreement required completion of the development within three years (May 11, 2013), however no new development work has progressed on the site.

On Dec. 19, 2014 the County was advised that the development was no longer proceeding.

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  1. Jack Dall says:

    No frills dispensing fee is $ 2.00 less then Rexall,s for seniors. Service is better and more affordable for low income residents. I go back to my previous post. We need a multi choice enviroment . It is beneficial for the consumer and the business ownner alike. When people do not have choices they look elsewhere.

  2. Barrie says:

    What about No Frills Pharmacy?
    Open 9am – 9pm on weekdays and 9am – 6pm on weekends.
    They are a fantastic bunch there. Drop your prescription off and wander the store – longest I’ve had to wait was 20 minutes.

  3. Dayton Johnson says:

    We actually quit going to Pharma Plus over a year ago because of their customer service…too much attitude and my wife actually witnessed one of the pharmacy staff giving a senior a hard time verbally….wish I had been there!
    We use the pharmacy at the Clinic and it’s perfect. Plenty of free parking, a coffee shop and a short wait time.
    One thing,,I’m not aware of any pharmacies open after business hours…how does this affect a late night need for a prescription? Usually a stop at Emerg.and a long waiting room stay.

  4. Susan says:

    Rexall has a gold mine. No real competition so they feel they can throw customer service aside. The pharmacy cannot effectively handle the demand. Imagine the $$$ they are making!

  5. lou says:

    I agree Susan. Rexall (pharma plus) is so busy. and many times they can not find my prescription. and yes sometimes they seem to act impatient. (probably overwelmed).

    While there is other pharmacies, They are difficult to get to for Seniors. (county drug store on main)
    Seniors can conviently park in parking lot (and many use the disabled wheelchair spots)
    pick up prescript and grab some bread and milk next door.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That would not be a great spot for a fire hall as how would they get out Emergency Vehicles can’t get throu town know as it is with lights and sirens going because people do not have the courteys to move over hope they aren’t going to help your relative and you don’t move over People Need To Have More Respect For All Emergency Vehicles

  7. Marnie says:

    The County Drug Store offers first-rate customer service. I needed an item that they did not stock and their pharmacist tracked it down at a Belleville pharmacy for me and called to tell me a delivery could be arranged. This drug store did not stand to make a sale but took the time to help me obtain what I needed. Picton is lucky to have this drug store.

  8. Monica Alyea says:

    The County Drugstore. Fantastic! When I’m ill, I don’t want to have to fill in 30 minutes waiting – and freezing sometimes. Very helpful folks. A wonderful addition to Picton and a choice from big box business.

  9. Jack says:

    I have to agree with you Susan that is why I switched to The County Drug Store. They offered me a generic brand which saved me money where Rexall didn’t. Also when you file a complaint with head office they never return your call.

  10. Lena Veyatelas says:

    Do you people really think we need another drug store in Picton? We already have four. Rexall and Shoppers Drug Mart are very pricey to shop at. I can’t count the number of times I have found special bonus or on sale items that are actually more expensive that regular prices items per unit in both these stores. They are ‘Big Box’ stores that have huge advertising budgets, and the consumer pays for that advertising by paying higher prices. I’d much rather buy from small locally owned businesses and there are two pharmacies in town for that. As far as the vacant lot goes, hopefully it can be turned into a permanent green space. I believe that one of the recommendations from the consultants that held several town hall meetings a few years back was putting more green space in downtown Picton. I suppose that will also depend on who actually owns the land. I see no point in the town spending $ to make a green space just to see it torn down by the developer a year or two later to create a dirt space for a year or so before new construction … As what happened with the empty post office lot.
    If we could turn it into a permanent green space, it would be an ideal location for the Loyalist Mural that was commissioned and displayed on the side of the Sobey’s Plaza (then called Gardiner’s Plaza) before the owners of that strip plaza decided to put in a McDonalds, I never did understand how council approved that one! That was one decision that reduced a lot of parking on Main St.

  11. Susan says:

    I agree Judy. Competition keeps business sharp and benefits the customer. Rexall having a near monopoly has impacted customer service. Way too many prescriptions for them to handle with many not being filled in 24 hours or they can’t find them. Some of the clerks could take a course in how to appropriately greet and deal with customers. Shopper’s would have been good but since Loblaws bought them out they have changed coursse.

  12. Judy Fraser says:

    So disappointing. I was hoping that the reality of a little competition might urge the owner/manager of Picton Rexall to pay attention to those people lined up at the door, waiting for them to open at 9 AM. Perhaps consider opening a little earlier?

  13. Jack Dall says:

    Picton needed that drug store. There are too many reasons and needs that people have to run to Belleville to purchase or obtain. I hope that some other major business picks up the void left by this decision. Today,s young family with children need choices of where to do business. If they don,t have them they won,t move here or in some cases decide to stay here.

  14. Susan says:

    I don’t imagine this land would be affordable.

  15. Paul says:

    Well considering the fact that Council did consider removing the tennis court at Benson Park and using it for parking. This would be an excellent spot for more summer parking entrance on Main St exit onto Washbur/Short St. The space already has a couple park bench’s there

  16. Bedde says:

    Firehalls and parking lots don’t belong on any Main Street. But a great opportunity for parkland…

  17. R.Richman says:

    A nice park for us oldies to sit and watch the world rush by.

  18. Argyle says:

    Great spot for the new firehall and it will fill up a big hole on the main street.

  19. Paul says:

    There’s the parking spaces the town was looking for why not use it..

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