Indianapolis CVS closed permanently following downtown riot damage

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.

The interior of the CVS at 175 N. Illinois St. is seen on May 30, 2020 after it was looted and torched early Saturday morning.

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.”

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