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A chain drug store can be a boon to a historic downtown or neighborhood -- or a bust, if it doesn’t take into account the character of the surrounding area. Whether the chain demolishes existing historic buildings or adds a suburban-style store with a sea of parking, an insensitive approach can dramatically change the look and feel of a community.
However, chain drug stores don’t have to be the enemy. There are ways for preservationists and developers to work together to bring new retail options and contribute to a vibrant historic neighborhood. Here are 10 tips for working with chain drug stores in your community.