Welcome back loyal reader in this week’s post we’re talking about a CVS location that started out life as Eckerd. Most Houstonians can recall when Eckerd went away and CVS debuted in Houston. Many within our fair city thought that this was a long planned transition and a national phasing out of the chain. It at least seemed that way from the customer point of view. Based on the statements CVS was making it seemed that Eckerd was set to disappear from the entire country the reality was that CVS had only acquired Eckerd in certain states. Specifically in states they were already expanding into or interested expanding in. However, this decision would end up bring CVS more stores than they would need or in some cases could even handle. The states CVS purchased stores in included Florida, Mississippi, and of course Texas. CVS most recent construction pushes had been in both Texas and Florida and was already about half done by the time Eckerd decided to sell to CVS. Many new locations had been scouted with Eckerd in mind as a competitor. This situation meant that lots of stores would become redundant. While some undeveloped lots could easily be sold, and older Eckerd locations dropped in favor of new CVS stores, this did prove to sometimes be a difficult decision. Case in point with the previously mentioned Bissonett Eckerd.
Another problem CVS had on their hands, were issues with the condition and uniformity of the stores. While Eckerd was no slack about building new locations, they had tons of old strip center stores without any drive-thrus, and sometimes even lacking basics like photo counters. Lots of this had to do with the fact that Eckerd had been in the Houston area for many years and had been operating some of these locations since at least the 1960s. While most of these older locations could easily be closed in favor of building a new CVS, today we’ll take a look at one Eckerd prototype that survived. This was a smaller “neighborhood store”, and while it wasn’t the only Eckerd of this size, it managed to hang on for quite some time. I would guess its closure it due to the fact that CVS cannot add more health related features such as in store clinics, into a store which is already cramped.