Indianapolis CVS closed permanently following downtown riot damage
A CVS location that sustained riot damage during last year’s civil unrest downtown will not reopen.
Plans for the space it occupied remain unclear over a year after the damage.
The CVS Pharmacy at 175 N. Illinois St. was one of dozens of downtown businesses damaged by rioters at the end of May 2020, when chaos and violence broke out at nightfall following racial justice protests. The pharmacy was set on fire during those riots.
While downtown business have largely reopened, according to a statement from CVS Health to IndyStar, CVS opted to permanently close the drugstore in May 2020 “after it became clear the store could not be restored in a timely manner under the lease.” No public announcement was made of the internal decision.
It remains unclear when or whether the former CVS space will be filled and what may take the pharmacy’s place. A representative from Robinson Park, which manages the building where the store was located, said he could not comment on the status of or future plans for the space at this time.
In its statement, CVS Health wrote that it is “committed to the Indianapolis area and (continues) to provide the community with outstanding service at our other stores nearby.”
The downtown area now has one remaining CVS, according to the company’s online store locator. That store is located in CityWay at 336 S. Delaware St., about a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk away from the former Illinois Street location. Another downtown CVS, located at 105 E. Ohio St. in the BMO Plaza, closed its doors toward the beginning of 2020 along with a slew of other underperforming CVS locations across the country.
Two other CVS locations are located within a short drive from downtown — a 24-hour location at 1545 N. Meridian St. on the north side, and a pharmacy at 2215 S. Shelby St. on the south side.
Also downtown is a Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy at 335 Massachusetts Ave. approximately half a mile away from the shuttered CVS location — the only Walgreens location downtown.
After the store was damaged, CVS made efforts to place the location’s former employees in comparable roles at other local locations, CVS Health wrote in a statement to IndyStar.