Rite-Aid has a prescription for Seal Beach — a new drive-thru pharmacy at the north end of town.
Construction crews have already begun placing water and sewage pipeline at 12541 Seal Beach Boulevard, the future site of a planned 17,400 square foot 24-Hour Rite-Aid. The company laying the groundwork, Moorefield Construction, has also started leveling the ground, a process called rough grading.
City staff expect the Rite-Aid corporation to submit construction drawings for the site at the beginning of March, and, if the city approves the designs, the business will open its doors sometime in the next six to seven months, according to Jim Basham, Seal Beach community development director.
The city’s Planning Commission gave the business a permit to allow a alcohol sales and a drive-thru at the location at the Shops at Rossmoor April 2011, but it wasn’t until recently that Rite-Aid officials agreed on a lease with the owner of property.
According to Basham, the company had wanted to put a store in sooner, but the spate of severe storms, like Hurricane Sandy, on the east coast — where Rite-Aid is headquartered — delayed the deal.
“I think it had a lot to do with the weather and the flooding that they had back there," Basham said. "(At the time) they weren't ready to make future commitments."
Some residents have expressed concerns about traffic on St. Cloud and Seal Beach Boulevard, especially because that intersection is one of the most often-used entrances for Rossmoor. Basham said the city and the Shops at Rossmoor owners are analyzing the traffic concerns.
The new Rite-Aid would be located across the street from a CVS Pharmacy. The closest Rite-aid is 11172 Los Alamitos Boulevard about 1.4 miles north.
According to its website, Rite-Aid has at least 4,700 stores across America and employs at least 91,000 people.