Ask Us: What is coming to old ABC store and former Rite Aid site?

Published 1:35 am Monday, December 16, 2019

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SALISBURY — A reader has asked about future plans for a former Rowan-Kannapolis Alcoholic Beverage Control store on Jake Alexander Boulevard and the closed Rite-Aid on East Innes Street.

The former ABC store at 1401 S. Jake Alexander Blvd. is being renovated for a branch of Cannon Pharmacy,”said Teresa Barringer, the development services manager for Salisbury. She is in charge of the zoning for Salisbury.

Cannon Pharmacy, established in 2002, is based in Kannapolis, with branches in Mooresville and Charlotte. It lists a Salisbury location as “coming soon” on its website.

Rowan-Kannapolis ABC moved out of the store in 2018, opening a larger one across Jake Alexander Boulevard. Rowan County property records show it transferred ownership of the land to Salisbury-based Wisdom Realty LLC in July 2018.

The former Rite Aid at 1605 E. Innes Street has been demolished. Now, a 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station is being constructed, according to Barringer.

The Salisbury Rite Aid’s closure and demolition came after Walgreens in late 2017 said it would purchase more than 1,900 Rite Aid stores nationwide and announced plans to close hundreds of them.

With one in the Kannapolis area, the 7-Eleven store in Salisbury would be the second in Rowan County, according to the company’s website.