CVS/pharmacy has entered the St. Louis market, opening four stores in the past week-two in St. Louis, one in Olivette and one in Ellisville. The chain will open a fifth location in Ballwin in the fall.
In total, the five stores will bring about 125 new jobs to the St. Louis community this year.
“We are pleased to be opening stores in St. Louis, the 20th largest drugstore market in the country. It is a great fit for our strategy of expanding into high-growth markets,” said Larry Merlo, president of CVS/pharmacy. “Our mission at CVS is to make pharmacy solutions effective and easy for our customers, so we look forward to providing high-quality and convenient pharmacy services at a great value to our new customers in St. Louis.”
CVS/pharmacy’s new stores in St. Louis feature all of the products and services for which millions of customers across the country visit its stores every day, including a full service pharmacy staffed by highly trained pharmacists and pharmacy staff; a complete line of health and beauty products including many brands exclusive to CVS/pharmacy; general merchandise and digital photo-processing; and the CVS ExtraCare Rewards Program, which offers customers money back through Extra Bucks that are earned by shopping in-store or online.
As part of the grand opening celebration in Ellisville, CVS/pharmacy announced a $10,000 donation in funding and products to the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the region’s largest non-profit food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. The donation includes a $5,000 gift in January and a $5,000 match in personal care products in February as part of a collection drive.
Throughout the month of February, CVS’ four St. Louis stores will have collection bins for customers to donate to the Foodbank non-perishable food and personal care items, such as hygiene and baby products purchased at CVS/pharmacy. CVS will match the amount of product donated by customers with an additional product donation of up to $5,000 in value.