CVS Health Plans to Rebuild as Baltimore Works to Help Riot-Torn Businesses

© REUTERS/Sait Serkan A man walks by the condemned CVS Pharmacy building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore on April 28, 2015.
© REUTERS/Sait Serkan A man walks by the condemned CVS Pharmacy building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore on April 28, 2015.

CVS Health said Monday it remains committed to Baltimore and plans to rebuild as the city launched a website designed to help businesses reopen. 

Looted and burned, the CVS store at Pennsylvania and North avenues was one of more than 235 businesses damaged in the violence that shook the city last week, said Baltimore Development Corp. President William H. Cole IV. While much of the damage was done in Penn North and from Mount Vernon into downtown, the mayhem affected neighborhoods around the city, including Pigtown, Highlandtown and Hamilton.

The Penn North drugstore was vital to the community, which is considered a food desert for its lack of fresh food options for residents. Five CVS stores in the city were damaged, but only the store in Penn North and another on West Franklin Street remain closed.

Cole said CVS committed Monday to reopening its stores.

“We have a long history of serving inner-city communities and are 100 percent committed to serving our patients and customers in Baltimore,” said CVS spokeswoman Carolyn Castel on Monday. “We are working diligently to formulate our rebuilding plans.”

She declined to be more specific about those plans, saying the company hopes to make an announcement in the near future.

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Source: Baltimore Sun | Natalie Sherman

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