LONG ISLAND CITY — Pharmacy chain CVS will open its first location in the neighborhood Sunday, according to a spokeswoman for the company.
The drugstore will open its doors at 1-50 50th Ave. near Center Boulevard, on the ground floor of the Hunters Point South Commons apartment building.
It's the second major pharmacy chain to come to Hunters Point, joining a Duane Reade that's located several blocks north on 5th Street and 47th Road. There's also a smaller independent drug store on 50th Avenue and another on Vernon Boulevard.
But Long Island City residents are still eager to see more pharmacies open, according to a recent survey by the Long Island City Partnership, which found that locals would like to see more basic shopping options in the neighborhood.
The business advocacy group asked more than 1,300 residents what new retail stores they want to open, and "pharmacies" was the second most popular answer.
"People really do want to shop locally, and they want services locally," said Elizabeth Lusskin, the group's director.
Long Island City is "a lot bigger than people realize," so a drugstore in one portion of the neighborhood still may not be convenient for those living in another section.
The Partnership has found that as more new residential buildings open, more retailers are moving in, however, Lusskin added.
"We're definitely starting to get those everyday services that everybody wants," she said. "We've got plenty of room and plenty of people to support it."
LIC might be the only neighborhood DESPERATELY in need of a Duane Reade or CVS. Closest locations to me are in Sunnyside or Manhattan.— Bad Guy Joe (@ltvsquad) July 18, 2017
Overheard on 2nd St and 51st Ave in #LIC: "Ooh! A CVS is coming. Now THAT'S exciting." Seriously? GFY.— Lissa Gillmore (@gillmoli) April 27, 2017