CVS on Telegraph. Photo: Ted Friedman
A CVS under construction on Telegraph Avenue, in the former Andronico’s site. Photo: Ted Friedman
A CVS under construction on Telegraph Avenue, in the former Andronico’s site. Photo: Ted Friedman

Construction workers have been spotted on Telegraph Avenue in the former Andronico’s location north of Derby Street, which is set to feature a CVS store and pharmacy in the 26,455-square-foot space.

Bill Cantrell, superintendent of construction for Eleven Western Builders, Inc., estimated recently that work could be completed by April, “but we don’t want to raise false expectations,” he said. (Ted Friedman, who has written for Berkeleyside, shared this information with us.) (Update: After this story was published, Berkeleyside heard from a CVS spokesperson who said they plan to open the store in May.)

Cantrell told Friedman that the new CVS, at 2655 Telegraph Ave., will include a discount liquors section.

The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has on file a license for off-sale general sales, which is currently valid through June 30, 2013.

A CVS rep said Wednesday he would be available to provide an update about store plans next week.

Architectural drawings for a planned CVS on Telegraph. Photo: Ted Friedman

Last March we wrote in Shop Talk that, despite the best lobbying efforts of Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates – who asked the owners of the old Andronico’s space on Telegraph to rent it to another grocery chain – CVS had committed to moving in.

Andronico’s closed its Telegraph Avenue location in November 2011 shortly after the University Avenue store also was shuttered in the wake of its parent company declaring bankruptcy.

In December 2012, CVS filed an application with the city’s planning department to request design review of the company’s signage. The plans note updates to ADA-required parking stalls and signage.

Cardinal red-colored signs for beauty products (“Beauty”), photo services (“Photo”) and the store name (“CVS/pharmacy”) will be visible from the west, according to the plans. A mayflower red color also is set to make an appearance around the site.

According to the CVS website, there are two other CVS stores in Berkeley, both on Shattuck Avenue.

Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses [03.27.12]
Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses [12.20.11]
Bates: City needs another grocery store, not pharmacy [12.14.11]
Andronico’s on Telegraph Avenue to close [11.25.11]
Andronico’s and A.G. Ferrari saved from the brink [10.12.11]
Will pharmacy war lead to new restrictions in Berkeley? [04.18.11]

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...