Crews work on the new site for Kinney Drug, near Stewart-s on Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh. Soon, the city will have three drug stores within a short distance: Kinney, Meyers Drug in Plattsburgh Plaza and the Walgreens that is going in where WIRY is now located.

PLATTSBURGH -- Work is progressing on a new Kinney Drugs store in the City of Plattsburgh.

The new store is expected to open in the second quarter of 2009.

"We are excited to bring this new store to Plattsburgh, which has been a Kinney Drugs core market for many, many years," Kinney Drugs Chairman and CEO Craig Painter said in a statement.

"As an employee-owned company, we look forward to providing a level of service that is second to none to our friends, neighbors and all the residents of Plattsburgh."

Crews have demolished the 3 Guys Pets and North Country Rent-to-Own buildings across from CarSana's Gourmet Meats and Delicatessen to make way for the 11,550-square-foot drug store.

It will replace the 8,560-square-foot Kinney Drugs that opened in 1972 in the P&C plaza.

The employees at the present location will be offered jobs at the new site. Additional hires will result in between 30 and 35 employees when the new store opens.

It will feature a drive-through pharmacy window, a pharmacist consultation area and an expanded waiting area.

The new store provides an opportunity to expand product lines, including health care, personal care, cosmetics, household items, pet supplies, beverages, groceries and seasonal offerings.

It will feature a digital photo department and a larger Hallmark greeting-card section.

All Kinney Drugs stores offer free prescription delivery and online prescription refill services.

Kinney Drugs has three other Plattsburgh locations: at the intersection of Route 3 and Military Turnpike, 112 New York Road on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base and 52 Boynton Ave.

Concerns have been expressed about the effect the new Kinney Drugs store and a planned 14,500-square-foot Walgreens just east of Burger King will have on the already congested intersection of Cornelia and Broad streets.

Part of the Walgreens approval requires that company to install synchronized traffic signals at the Cornelia/Broad and Cornelia/Prospect intersections, to help traffic flow more smoothly through the area.

The new Kinney Drugs will have an joint entrance and exit on Cornelia Street and an exit into the Plattsburgh Plaza parking lot behind Stewart's.

When Walgreens is built, there will be three pharmacies in about a one-block area, as Meyer Drugs is located in Plattsburgh Plaza.

Burt Orrin Kinney opened the first Kinney Drugs in Gouverneur in 1903. It is now an employee-owned company with 87 stores in central and northern New York and Vermont.

Kinney Drugs remains based in Gouverneur. That is also the location of its warehouse and distribution center.

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