As one door closes another one opens. Star Drugs of Santa Ynez shuttered its doors on April 24, ushering in a new era and a new local business.
According to Merkantile Shopping Center developer Josh Richman, that new local business, CVS/ Pharmacy adjacent to New Frontiers Natural Marketplace in Solvang, is open for business as of Saturday, April 25.
The surrounding parking lot, which was previously fenced off from the rest of the shopping center, will be open and for public use.
"We were originally planning a grand opening but due to the circumstances, that's been put on pause. It'll be more of a quiet opening," Richman said.
The store passed its final fire and building inspection on Wednesday, according to Richman, clearing the way for its opening.
A pharmacy tech with Star Drugs said that customer files and prescriptions will be transferred to the CVS pharmacy starting April 24.
The construction project broke ground in 2015 and was completed in two phases, New Frontiers being the first. Several projects related to phase two are under construction.
"We put a lot of thought into bringing important businesses to the Valley," Richman said.
CVS will adopt Star Drugs' phone number for the next 90 days, and questions will continue to be fielded: 805-688-6898.
The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with ongoing hours of operation determined by CVS.
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Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News.
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