Despite missing an estimated 2020 opening date for a new store in Archbold, Discount Drug Mart still intends to build the store.
Steve Ferris, public affairs director for the company, said yesterday, Tuesday, “We are stilled committed to the project and the site. We love the town and the people.”
In 2018, officials with the Medina-based company announced plans to construct a $3 million, 28,000 squarefoot facility at 705 South Defiance Street, a vacant lot across the street from St. John’s Christian Church.
The company operates 73 stores, mostly in northeastern Ohio. Archbold would be the company’s farthest-west store.
When asked about the timeline for the project, Ferris said “soon.”
“At the earliest, we may be breaking ground in the third quarter of 2021, then open either in the fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022.”
He said the original opening dates were estimates, made when the company applied for liquor and other permits.
The company “encountered delays that were out of our hands,” he said.
Ferris complimented Donna Dettling, village administrator, and those involved in economic development, saying, “they’ve been at the ready” to assist the company.
Information from the company states the Discount Drug Mart offers products and services including pharmacy and over-the-counter medications, groceries and fresh produce, a delicatessen, health & beauty supplies, paint & hardware, automotive supplies, and general merchandise.
In November 2018, voters in Archbold Precinct 3, which includes the Drug Mart site, approved a ballot measure allowing Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages, 306-272.