After about 5 1/2 months of construction, the new CVS Pharmacy at 5 Macy St. is finished and open for business.
The new store is located about a quarter-mile down the street from the previous CVS at 194 Main St., which has closed down and relocated into the new building.
The new store was built next to a new, three-story residential/commercial structure at the intersection of Route 110 and Main Street, and both buildings were designed to mimic the Colonial and Victorian-era look of the surrounding neighborhood.
Construction began in late July on the former site of Amesbury House of Pizza and the Whistling Kettle restaurants. Both of those buildings, along with several others, were torn down to make way for the new development. Though the permitting process was bogged down by numerous delays, the actual construction proceeded with few setbacks.
There were some mishaps late in the summer though, notably when a dump truck got entangled with some overhanging wires, nearly pulling down a nearby utility pole. Nobody was hurt in that incident, and because the pole fell toward the construction site and not toward the road, there were no major traffic disruptions.
The Amesbury Middle School Parent Advisory Group will be putting on two big fundraisers in the next couple weeks.
On Friday, March 1, the group will be holding the ninth annual AMS Idol Quest at 7 p.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center, and on Wednesday, March 6, it will host a fundraising dinner at the 99 restaurant in Seabrook.
AMS Idol Quest is an annual tradition where students and teachers perform live on stage. According to @text1_r:Dee Cote@text1_r:, the advisory group’s president, past shows have included appearances by such “celebrity” acts as KISS, Lady Ga Ga and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and will be sold during school lunch on Feb. 27 and 28.