A new CVS/pharmacy shop may replace a former convenience store and a now-vacant Mexican restaurant on Fifth Avenue South, Fort Dodge officials and a company representative said Thursday.
The preliminary plan calls for a 13,225-square-foot store on Fifth Avenue South between 20th and 21st streets.
''We're in the very early planning stages of a store we hope to open in 2014,'' Mike DeAngelis, the company's director of public relations, said by telephone Thursday evening.
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A CVS/pharmacy may replace this former convenience store and the now-vacant restaurant next to it at the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and 21st Street in Fort Dodge.
''We look forward to working with town officials and the community on receiving the necessary approvals for our store and we look forward to serving the pharmacy needs of the Fort Dodge community,'' he added.
The city's Board of Adjustment will examine the proposal when it meets at noon Tuesday in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.
Mayor Matt Bemrich said CVS/pharmacy has not asked for any tax incentives or other help from the city government.
He added that the company's interest in the site shows that the investment in the Fifth Avenue South Corridor of Commerce is paying off. The Corridor of Commerce project made Fifth Avenue South five lanes wide between 21st and 31st streets and added sidewalks, street lights and other features.
Bemrich said he believes CVS/pharmacy will become ''an asset to this community.''
''Options and opportunity are good for the marketplace,'' he said. ''The trade area is much larger than the city's corporate boundary.''
Councilman Dave Flattery said the proposed store represents a continuation of improvements on Fifth Avenue South.
''This is another step to show Fort Dodge is on the move,'' said Councilman Dean Hill.
He thanked the city staff, especially Angela Torres, the associate city planner, for work on the project.
The former Sun Market and Deli and a building that most recently housed Tequila's, a Mexican restaurant, would be demolished to make room for the store. Two houses on the east side of 20th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues south would also be leveled. One of those houses is vacant, and the tenants are moving out of the other, according to city officials.
DeAngelis said the company chose the location because it's at a highly visible corner that would provide easy accessibility for customers.
Torres said some site cleanup will be necessary because of pollution from the underground storage tanks that held fuel at the convenience store.
CVS/pharmacy is a national chain based in Rhode Island. It now has 14 stores and 270 employees in Iowa. Nationwide, the company has more than 7,300 stores.
On its web site, the company claims that 75 percent of the country's population lives within three miles of a CVS/pharmacy.