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CVS is closing its Lincoln Avenue store, leaving South Peoria with no pharmacy

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I'd say blaming it on theft is more than likely right on. If I was a betting man Id say that's why Kroger pulled out. Don't live there but have seen this situation a lot. These companies are there to make a profit and if that profit is walking out the door at some point they're going to cut they're losses. These communities allow the thieves to lurk among them and look the other way as they walk out the door with merchandise, then they complain that they have no where to go. The communities need to fight for their stores and not allow the thieves to run rampant and maybe they would have choices.

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Odds are it’s due to theft. It’s funny when you steal so much the store isn’t profitable, you know what they do? They close the freaking store.

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PEORIA — The CVS Pharmacy at 3034 W. Lincoln Ave. will shut down this month, leaving South Peoria without a pharmacy.
So far, CVS has not publicly announced a reason for the closure, set for June 26.
The decision sparked frustration for Martha Ross, the president of Southside Community United for Change, an education and advocacy organization.
"The disinvestment in the south side has got to stop," said Ross, also a 20-year member of the school board for Peoria Public Schools.
Craig Williams, executive director of the South Side Mission, echoed her concerns. He sounded stunned at the news of the closure.
"Wow," he said. " ... I think there will be an impact, and it won't be a positive one."
The CVS on Lincoln Avenue has been handing out fliers to customers at the pharmacy. In part, the flier states, "We regret to inform you that this location will be permanently closing."
The flier explains all prescriptions and files will be transferred to the CVS at 200 N. Main St. in East Peoria, four miles away.
The CVS at Campustown Shopping Center, 1200 W. Main St. in Peoria, is closer – less than 3 miles away. However, that location is too small to handle a comprehensive transfer of all prescriptions and files, said Wade DeVoss, manager of the Lincoln Avenue CVS. Still, he said, pharmacy customers can use any CVS location, including the site at 1008 W. Garfield Ave. in Bartonville, about 4 miles away.
South Peoria has no other pharmacies other than the CVS on Lincoln Avenue. From there, the closest pharmacies are over a mile away in West Peoria: Walgreens, 221 N. Western Ave., and Alwan Pharmacy and Compounding Center, 311 N. Western Ave.
DeVoss said the closure includes the pharmacy as well as the retail portion of the store. As for the reason for the shutdown, he declined to comment, referring such questions to the corporate headquarters. CVS Health, based in Rhode Island, did not return multiple Journal Star requests for comment. The company has almost 10,000 locations in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
DeVoss suggested the Lincoln Avenue location could have been saved, with assistance from the city.
"The sad thing is, businesses around here aren’t getting help from the local government," he said. "It’s not about me. I have a job. It’s about the community."
However, City Manager Patrick Urich said the city never fielded any requests from CVS. Further, he said the company did not tell the city anything about the closing, including the reasons thereof.
Since hearing about the shutdown, the city has contacted CVS, to ask how the city can help workers, including connections to employment agencies. Regarding worker's post-CVS needs, the city will talk again with the company on Thursday.
"Nothing to keep them open," Urich said. "They've made their decision."
City Council member Denise Jackson, whose 1st District includes the CVS, said the store might have been hurt by the 2018 closing of the Kroger across the road at the Madison Park Shopping Center, 3101 W. Harmon Highway.
"There's not the same traffic there," she said. "We're seeing, probably, the ripple effect of the closing of the grocery store."
Mayor Rita Ali said the ripple started even before Kroger, with a downswing in population in South Peoria. She looks to bolster South Peoria with the Cradle to Career Initiative, a broad effort that seeks to investigate and address the educational, workforce, housing and medical needs of every household in the 61605 zip code. The plan — involving the city, Illinois Central College, Peoria Public Schools, 32 social-service organizations and 50 businesses — is hoping for $30 million in federal funding, possibly by November. Then the work would start, Ali said.
"It's going to take some time," she said.
Meantime, Ross said the CVS shutdown will leave another another gaping commercial ho-e in the neighborhood.
"It's not a good thing," Ross said. "It's not a good look, either."
She and Williams said the CVS plays a critical role for residents of South Peoria, especially those who depend on walking as their main mode of transportation. Many trek up and down the Laramie Street hill for prescriptions and retail items at CVS, they said.
"I see a lot of people walking up that hill," Williams said.
Tasha Washington, 35, a lifelong resident of South Peoria, stopped at CVS late last week and found out about the shuttering.
"They're closing everything else, so they might as well take this place too," she said with irritation. "It all started when Kroger shut down."
Washington said she visits the CVS store about twice a week. After June 26, she said, she would start going to Walgreens in West Peoria.
Phil Luciano is a Journal Star columnist.

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