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Kopp Drug advances new store plans

Kopp Drug continues to move forward with their plans for a new and larger store on Logan Avenue in Tyrone.
Recently, Kopp Drug opened a temporary location at 1021 Pennsylvania Avenue (the old Connie’s Variety location) to get ready for the eventual closing of the current Logan Avenue location in March of next year.
Kopp Drug president Morley Cohn explained at that point in time, the plan is for work on the new building to get under way. The pharmacy will continue to operate on Logan Avenue until March. It will then move to the Pennsylvania Avenue location. The “close-out” store is already open ahead of the expansion work.
The current building would eventually by demolished to make way for a parking area once the new store is ready.
In January of this year, demolition work on the old Sheetz Store in Tyrone was done as part of the effort to move forward with the expansion. Kopp Drug purchased the old Sheetz store after that business moved to a new location on Logan Avenue.
In a previous Daily Herald article, Kopp Drug’s Peter Kreckel noted plans for the new Kopp Drug building have been in the works for several years after Sheetz moved to the new location. Kopp Drug was able to negotiate the purchase of that property. Then earlier this year, company officials also purchased lots adjacent to the property they already owned.
Cohn said, “We had a meeting with the borough planning commission and they approved our setbacks and what we need to do to build the store. It will be a free standing 10,000-square-foot store with a drive-in. It will be very similar to a store we built in Altoona on Valley View Boulevard and 7th Street.
“Sometime at the end of the summer, we hope to be in the new location and the location we’re in temporarily will have another six months on the lease. So, we’ll at least be there through Christmas (2006). If it works out, we can always renew the lease, if not, we can worry about that when the time comes.
“At the new store, we are going to feature a nice card and gift department,” said Cohn.
He said the store at Pleasant Valley has one-third of the floor space dedicated to cards and gifts. Plans call for a similar design at the new Tyrone location.
The current 1,200-square-foot building has been in use for more than 20 years and once housed a Mister Donut shop.
Kopp Drug currently has locations in Altoona, Bellwood, Hollidaysburg, Roaring Spring and Martinsburg.