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Dueling drug stores continue quest to corner every prime location in Houston

Dueling drug stores aim to corner every prime location in Houston

Fly High Little Bunny before demolition
Jewelry store Fly High Little Bunny has been forced out of their long-time South Shepherd location to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy. Fly High Little Bunny / Facebook
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Walgreens currently has 120 stores in the Houston area. Courtesy photo
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CVS has 74 stores in the Houston area. Photo by Rachel Handley
Fly High Little Bunny before demolition
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In their quest for world domination, Walgreens and CVS seem hellbent on picking off every prime corner in Houston. That appears to be the case as two stellar locations are the latest to have been gobbled up by the pharmacy giants. 

 The demolition also includes the beloved jewelry shop Fly High Little Bunny, located directly south of the shopping center.  

A longtime shopping center at South Shepherd Drive and West Alabama that formerly housed Ruchi's Taqueria, Roeder's Pub, Neon Nail and Oaks Cleaners, has been demolished to make way for a new CVS, according to Swamplot.

The demolition also includes the beloved jewelry shop Fly High Little Bunny, located directly south of the shopping center. The 20-year-old store welcomed its final customers last Sunday before closing for good to make space for CVS' drive-thru pharmacy.

A few miles away, Walgreens is taking over the space formerly inhabited by Fresh Market at 3745 Westheimer Road, across from Central Market. The new location is expected to open in March. The Fresh Market store lasted only seven months after acquiring the location from Rice Epicurean.

Walgreens currently has a nearby location at 3900 Westheimer, but that 1.8-acre property has been sold to River Oaks Baptist School to allow for a "possible parking garage and secondary exit onto Westheimer," Swamplot reports.

Walgreens has 120 stores in the Houston area; CVS has 74 locations — with more to come, no doubt.