Kinney Drugs construction begins

Preliminary construction work started recently on the site of a new Kinney Drugs store in Hinesburg. The store, in the early "dig phase," is located at the intersection of Farmall Drive and Route 116.

When completed, the store will be a 11,550-square-foot "prototype" Kinney Drugs unlike its other regional stores; it is "greener" and designed to blend into a small community. Founded in 1873 in Gouverneur, N.Y., Kinney Drugs has 16 locations in Vermont.

"This new state-of-the-art drug store will bring convenient pharmacy and healthcare products and services to the residents of the Hinesburg area. Kinney is an employee-owned company whose associates take great pride in delivering exceptional customer services to the communities we serve,"said Bridget-ann Hart, president and chief operating officer of Kinney Drugs.

When completed this spring, the pharmacy department of the new store will include a drive-through window, a pharmacist consultation area and an expansive range of health care products and services.

In addition, the new store will also bring a wide range of convenience products and services to Hinesburg including: a broad selection of beauty care, cosmetics, groceries and beverages, pet supplies, clothing, full-seasonal offerings, a digital photo center, and a newly designed, convenient checkout system.

While few residents raised concerns over the drug store project, many have opposed the construction of a Hannaford Supermarket planned on a vacant site located one-half mile east of Kinney Drugs, next to the Hinesburg Post Office.

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