CVS Pharmacy recently opened a location in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward, making it the first major retailer to establish a location in that area since Hurricane Katrina.
The new store will be the latest step in reviving the city’s Lower Ninth Ward. This region was one of the hardest hurt during the storm.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and leaders at CVS honored the grand opening of the location by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony.
"CVS Pharmacy is extremely proud to now be a part of this community, giving residents convenient access to best in class pharmacy services and high quality health, beauty and wellness products," Roger Francis, Area VP of CVS Pharmacy, said. "More than 10 years ago, CVS Pharmacy was on the front lines of aiding in the relief and recovery efforts when Katrina struck, and now we are proud to be on the front lines helping to revitalize this community."
The location spans over 13,000 square feet. It includes a variety of high quality health, personal care, and beauty products. There is also a section of healthy snacks.
"Today's celebration marks another milestone in the renewal and redevelopment of the historic Lower Ninth Ward," Mayor Landrieu said. "This new CVS Pharmacy marks the first national retailer to come to the Lower Ninth Ward since Hurricane Katrina, bringing important services and resources to this underserved area. This is a major sign of the progress we're making in restoring the Lower Ninth Ward and rebuilding New Orleans not how she was, but how she always should have been."
Additionally, the new store has generated 20 jobs for the local community.
"As a provider of primary and behavioral health care in the Ninth Ward, we understand the strategic significance that CVS Pharmacy's investment has on our community," Shawn Powers, CEO, Baptist Community Health Services, said. "Because of CVS' donation and commitment to the Ninth Ward, our community will have improved access to health care, prescriptions and related services. Lives improve when companies like CVS invest in our neighborhood. CVS Pharmacy is the type of partner NOLA's Ninth wants and needs. "