CVS is working on three potential stores

UPDATED — CVS is getting serious about entering the Wichita market.

The Rhode Island-based chain of pharmacies is actively working on replatting property for possible store locations at the southwest corner of Harry and Hillside and the northeast corner of Central and Oliver, according to documents filed with the planning department.

Early this year, Have You Heard? reported that CVS is working on a possible store at the northwest corner of 21st and Amidon. A source says that deal appears to still be on, and construction is likely to start next year.

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

In 2006, Have You Heard? reported that the 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.

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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.

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Cheap-O Depot to expand to former Osco space at Westway Shopping Center

WICHITA — Despite misperceptions about their store, Ron and Ellen Bailey’s Cheap-O Depot is doing well enough to expand.

The Baileys are moving from 2,100 square feet at 2425 W. Maple in Delano to more than 6,000 square feet in the former Osco space at the Westway Shopping Center at Pawnee and Seneca.

They’ll also have several thousand square feet for storage. Currently, they have to a rent a warehouse.

“The thing about this (new) space is we’re only using half of it, so we can expand if we need to,” Ron Bailey says.

The Baileys opened their store in June 2010. They have added a partner, Rusty Gear, since then.

They buy new items from other stores at liquidation sales.

“People would be surprised at the quality of products that we have,” Ron Bailey says. “A lot of people think we’re a thrift store. We’re really not a thrift store.”

Cheap-O Depot sells a range of products, including tools, toys, kitchen appliances, bedding and sporting goods.

“We’ve got a lot of product at half the price of what they’d pay in the store.”