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published on 01/02/2006

Hats off . . . to CVS

By staff writer

Itís not often a new building or business arrives within the Town of Signal Mountain. The MacDonaldís was built and the Taco Bell and Post Office were in the process of being built when we moved to Signal Mountain. However, we now have a new building and it happens to be the first thing a visitor sees when he or she arrives in town. Itís the new CVS/pharmacy.

And guess what? I like the new CVS. Now that I said it, let me say that I am very sorry that it is leaving the Signal Crossing Shopping Center. As the anchor, it generates a lot of business. It is also more centrally located making it more convenient to customers farther out the mountaintop. (Maybe this is the perfect opportunity for the Town of Walden, which has more commercial property available than the Town of Signal Mountain, to negotiate with Walgreenís?)

I live in Old Towne and when I drive down Signal Mountain Boulevard toward the new CVS, I am amazed at the sight. First of all, from an architectural point of view the roofline from the Signal Mountain Pharmacy building across to the CVS is almost perfect. If the designers did this on purpose, I think it was very creative, and if an accident, than what a gift that corner received! I realize most folks thought it was going to be set back off the road with the parking lot in front, but how boring is that? Drive up the mountain and the first thing you see is a slab of concrete and then you have to glance back to see what this parking lot services.

Instead, you see a beautifully designed building made of mountain stone and painted in soft neutral colors. It reminds me of a set of stores along a town square not unlike those in a small town like Canton, Mississippi. And think what it is going to do for the surrounding businesses at that corner! People who get their prescriptions from Rick at the Signal Mountain Pharmacy are not going to take them to CVS. If anything, people accustomed to waiting in line at CVS may opt to go up the street to Rick. A little competition never hurt anyone.

And while Iím going out on this limb, I might as well bend the bow some more. I think people who blame the manager and employees at the CVS for the move are being unfair. According to the manager, Michael Clemmons, this was a corporate decision not the employees of CVS. To take it out on them may make you feel better, but itís not going to change anything.

We also need to thank three of the current members of the Signal Mountain Town Council, Robert White, Steve Ruffin, and Mayor Bill Leonard, all who served on the Town Council in 2003 when the Council voted to allow the CVS be built as well as the Design Review Committee. It was a long hard battle and the Town lost, but they stood for what was important and called upon the Design Review Committee to make sure that what was built was done in good taste and would compliment the Town of Signal Mountain.

I happen to know first hand that the manager and employees of the Signal Mountain CVS/pharmacy have been loyal supporters of this community making donations to worthy organizations every time asked. I wish them luck in their new home. Iím happy for the surrounding businesses that will benefit from the traffic. Iím happy that the first sight a visitor has to our Town is not a blighted empty gravel lot, but a tasteful attractive thriving business that completes the intersection.