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New Rite-Aid Groundwork Underway in Seal Beach

City staff expect the business to submit construction plans for approval at the beginning of March and to open its doors at the Shops at Rossmoor in six to seven months.

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. 

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enea ostrich February 23, 2013 at 01:53 AM
My goodness, you CDC are one angry hateful person. Btw, Rite Aid does sell flowers...I have seen that in the past when the old shop was there. They also have ice cream counter that will be coming BACK. So, for good olm fashioned service, we who love Rite Aid got it. As for Conroy's, you are probably the guy who most likely purchases flowers spur of the moment and don't have a clue where to go that really makes an impact on the recipient. Conroy's is fine, but not as creative. That in a sense is what you want, right? A creative mom and pops place that makes you feel at home? As for the location of Rite Aid, its the same. Turn right or left, to me its all the same. They are directly across one day and that is a shame, true. I wish %ite Aid could have gotten a better spot, but apparently they were having bigger problems with surviving their East Coast heasquarters. You who obviously don't care about devastation like Hurricane Sandy and the repercussions on families and businesses there can only choose to gripe about yiur back yard. Goodness, have some compassion, will ya?
CDC February 23, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Trader Joe's is ok but a Mothers Market or Gelson's is badly needed in the North Orange County and Gateway Cities areas. That corner space is to small for a market. They should have put one where the Toys R Us is. Would have lifted that end of the shopping center and brought in people with money. Mother's and Gelson's are both classy high-end markets. Traders, Sprouts, and Whole Foods are all over the place now. And Toys R Us is not doing well. The parking lot has been almost empty in front of it. Poor spot for a Toys R Us, since everyone around here is retired with NO kids. They now have to import the kids into the Rossmoor schools. I wonder WHO is doing the Shops at Rossmoor demographic and GIS marketing placement studies? They did a poor job with the Marshalls, Kohls, Toys R Us, and Rite Aid placement.
CDC February 23, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Do you even live here???? That Rite Aid is just moving four blocks from their current location across from the Arco Station by Flame Broiler. They want more traffic, but the location they are moving to is across the street from the established CVS drugstore. Why do we need TWO ugly chain drugstores 100 feet from each other at the entrance to Rossmoor????????
enea ostrich February 23, 2013 at 07:18 PM
CDC, I agree with the market analysis as far as demographics. I do believe it was the corporate that owns the center now that would have done those type of studies and its sad because they do not care what they put in as long as it works for the majority they think will stop off the freeway. They did not benefit residents and that's a grave mistake. My prediction is that the Toys R Us will close down just like it did on Cherry in Long Beach. That one too is not far from freeway and was just not profitable at al. As for Sprouts, its a good store but the reason I believe Trader Joes didn't come as well is because the corporates didn't have it in their master plan. My understanding when I inquired on this quite a long time ago when I found out the corporates owned the center, not the two men who used to long ago. Anyhow, I am never happy when things get plugged in without feedback from the very people who will be frequenting the place.
enea ostrich February 23, 2013 at 07:24 PM
CDC, I have lived here since 1988 so I saw all the changes that happened to both centers. CVS came in, true, but Rite Aid was always part of the Rossmoor Center and since they were forced out during construction they had a helluva time trying to figure out how to get back. I don't think Rite Aid is ignoring the fact they are directly across the street, but then qgain in other cities I see CVS is sometimes on the same block as another CVS. That company is sickeningly trying to take over every spot they can. It remains to be seen if all the stores survive.

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