CVS Will Move into Former Rite Aid Location on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights

Meet the new boss – same as the old boss! The Brooklyn Eagle reports that CVS will be moving into the Rite Aid space at 168 Montague Street. The latter relocated to 101 Clinton Street last month.

So what about those TWO other CVS stores in the area?

Brooklyn Eagle: CVS top brass clearly doesn’t feel like three’s a crowd. There are already CVS stores at 156 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights and in nearby Cobble Hill at 150 Court St.

“There is no change to our existing locations,” DeAngelis said.

Publicly held CVS Caremark, which is based in Woonsocket, R.I., is America’s largest pharmacy health care provider. It has about 200,000 employees in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The storefront where the drugstore chain is moving is big by Montague Street standards — which means it wasn’t a good fit for some types of tenants that would otherwise work well on Brooklyn Heights’ most sought-after retail corridor.

“It is a tough size, likely a bit large for a local restaurant operator and/or local clothing boutique,” said another real estate source.

The Eagle more information than you can shake a stick at about this switcheroo here.

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  • miriamcb

    Ugh. I think I’d rather have laser tag than another drugstore.

  • BrooklynBugle


  • miriamcb

    It really is. I really wasn’t kidding.

    In all seriousness, some kind of recreational activity for older young kids and tweens would have been preferable to another drugstore. I don’t need 10 places to buy a bottle of nail polish in a 3 block span.

  • Andrew Porter

    We have that. It’s called “Brooklyn Bridge Park”.

  • Cranberry Beret

    The best part of the Eagle article is the quote from the real estate guru who basically can’t comprehend any other type of tenant taking a space like this besides a chain drugstore. Umm, Rite Aid abandoned the space so why would another do any better? Bizarre line of thinking.

  • MONTague

    I grew up on the Upper West Side, and one day a CVS moved in across Broadway from a Duane Reade. The neighborhood went berzerk! There were organizaed protests in from of the CVS everyday and a boycott was called for and followed. Guess what, CVS abandoned the space within three months.

    Now let’s shift our attention to the canyon of mediocrity that is Montague Street. Is there any neighborhood outrage at another chain drug store (or any other crappy edition to an already crappy retail strip) opening? Nope, not a peep. But what happens when the library wants to redevelop a decrepid branch and bring much needed housing stock (including affordable housing) and community space to the neighborhood? OUTRAGE!!! How dare the fat cats ruin our precious community. Then what happens when LICH (a failed and un-needed hospital by any measure) tries to redevelop? OUTRAGE, save our completely underused hospital and we won’t settle for anything less, not even a much more highly needed school!

    And the final nail in the coffin for me is this BK Bridge Park nonsense. THERE WOULD BE NO PARK WITHOUT RICH PEOPLE BUYING CONDOS AND PAYING TO UPKEEP IT. How do you think the park was created? how do you think it will survive.

    And yet things that are actually ruining the neighborhood? Silence…

  • David on Middagh

    I’d rather have ping-pong tables.

  • Native Brooklynite

    On the Piers (and maybe on Montague Street), I’d rather have ping pong tables, too!

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Your silence would improve the neighborhood.

  • MiniCooper

    Oh great… just what we need. 2 CVS stores. I guess they’re opening the second so they can compete with the two Duane Reade stores.

  • petercow