CVS may come to the Wichita market, starting at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — It appears CVS is working on a deal at the northwest corner of 21st and Amidon, though no one involved is talking.

CVS has been playing a little hard to get with Wichita for the last several years.

In 2006, Have You Heard? reported that the Rhode Island-based company completed its acquisition of 700 Sav-On and Osco drug stores, including 22 in Kansas. A spokesman said that meant Wichita’s three Osco stores – on North Amidon, South Seneca and East Harry – would convert to CVS stores along with 19 others around the state.

Less than a month later, Osco employees here were informed their stores would be closing instead.

Then, in late 2008, sources confirmed that CVS was in the market scouting locations.

For the last few years, phone books have still been running a phone number – although it’s not working – for CVS at 2323 N. Amidon. That’s the former Osco space. There aren’t listings for the other former Osco sites, so it’s led some people to wonder if that’s because CVS is returning to the 21st and Amidon area.

If it does come back to the corner, it sounds like it won’t be in that same space.

The intersection has been coming to life in the last year with the addition of a Walmart Neighborhood Market on the southwest corner. Dillons is on the northeast corner.

The CVS likely would open in 2013 at the earliest.

That is, unless the company changes its mind.