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Lakeside Pharmacy Will Close Sept. 22

by Karen Goff August 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm 8 Comments

Notice at of Lakeside PharmacyLakeside Pharmacy, which has been operating at Lake Anne Plaza for 44 years, will shut its doors on Sept. 22.

The store was the last original store at Lake Anne. After being on and off the market for five years, the space was sold to an investor last spring. The deal closed in late May, with the hope that the store would remain in continuous operation. However, talks with a new, independent pharmacy failed to reach a deal.

Prescriptions on file at Lakeside Pharmacy will be transferred to the CVS at Plaza America, pharmacist and former owner Larry Cohn said.

Cafe Lakeside, the breakfast and lunch counter located in the pharmacy, closed in February. Owners Alfredo and Rocio Melendez, who had operated the space since 2011, said they wanted to retire since the future of the space was unknown.

The lunch counter space is being marketed for sale or lease separately, so a prospective tenant would not necessarily have to run the business inside another business.

The waterfront space that houses Lakeside Pharmacy is not slated for redevelopment as part of Lake Anne Development Partners’ (Republic Development) plan for the area.

Because the pharmacy is in the historic part of Lake Anne, it cannot undergo big changes. Nearby areas such as the current parking lot at Lake Anne Plaza, a grove of trees owned by Reston Association and Crescent Apartments are included in the plan, which includes 60,000 square feet of new retail space, up to 82,500 square feet of office space, and 1,037 residential units.

Meanwhile, other Lake Anne businesses are changing hands or have recently closed. Jasmine Cafe, a locally owned restaurant on the plaza, closed in April. The Lake Anne Coffee House is for sale. The Cupcake Ladi and New Family Naturals also recently closed.

  • Billy Smith

    Larry- we thank you for your many years of service to the community. We’ll miss you and wish you the very best in your retirement.

  • kcowing

    Enjoy that tropical island, Larry!

  • Delsin Rowe

    I fear Lake Anne is going to resemble Tall Oaks.

  • Mike M

    Exhibit W and counting. Lake Anne needs more than mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It was designed to fail. It needs a redesign. Don’t listen to me. Look at the screamin’ evidence.

  • cosmo

    Lake Anne is a strange place. How can the space support three Mexican stores but everything else seems to fail? I like Kalypso’s but it’s not worth a special trip to Lake Anne. I think they maybe need to reconsider their “local businesses only” policy and allow some national retailers a chance to come in and hopefully revive the place. Most successful retail centers have a mix of local and national retailers. People always advocate for small businesses, but the big names have the recognition power and will draw people.

    • Karen Goff

      There is no local businesses only policy last I checked. Chains are welcome to open there. They just don’t because there is not enough traffic. With added density around the plaza, that will likely change in the future though.

      • cosmo

        Thanks. I thought I heard that they didn’t allow chain stores which was a good explanation as to why there aren’t any, but I can definitely see the lack of traffic as a deterrent.

  • LC

    Lake Anne needs to be revamped. It’s so dated – I know it was the original but even originals need updating. It’s really a unique spot that should have a lot more traffic but the current design and look are not appealing anymore.


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