Is the CVS Pharmacy at 11th and Washington sinking?

There were some tense moments at the CVS Pharmacy located at 11th and Washington Friday night.

Here's the scene Monday morning. (Photo: James Jennings)
Here’s the scene Monday morning. (Photo: James Jennings)

L+I ordered an emergency evacuation and closure of the property located at 1001 Washington Ave. after the Philadelphia Police noticed a significant crack in one of the pillars at the entrance. A depression in the parking lot raised fears that the store could possibly be sinking. Say what, now?

Employees and customers were evacuated from the premises around 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, reports NBC10. The crack was apparently over a month in the making. The store said it appeared about five weeks ago but didn’t get worse until recently. A contractor for CVS didn’t believe there was structural damage.

An inspector for L&I at the scene told NBC10 that he “would rather be cautious” and called for an engineer to assess the damage to the property. No injuries were reported.

Here's the crack that shut down CVS. (Screen grab via NBC10)
Here’s the crack that shut down CVS. (Screen grab via NBC10)

CVS reopened Saturday afternoon, according to a worker at the store. Crews are currently on hand to fix the pillar, with a large hole dug at its base to assess the situation. Some of the facade has also been removed and the parking lot is closed while crews are on hand.

2 thoughts on “Is the CVS Pharmacy at 11th and Washington sinking?

  • October 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Not to be super negative, but that lot is vastly underutilized and poorly laid out. I wouldn’t shed a tear if they had to tear it down. A much better structure on that site would really improve the feel and utility of that larger than average intersection there.

  • October 26, 2014 at 9:32 am

    The depression in the parking lot has been there since the store opened. Yes, the parking lot was poorly planned as Lee stated. It’s always a tight squeeze for cars and the drive through pharmacy is in a bad location. Still, it’s a better shopping experience than going to the CVS at 10th and Reed.

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