The new 24-hour Walgreens pharmacy on the corner of York Road and Fairmount Avenue has been open for a few weeks, but local officials and store employees celebrated its addition to the Towson business community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning.

County Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, and Nancy Surosky of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's Office of Community Outreach, spoke at the event, along with Walgreens District Manager Andrew Militello.

Nancy Hafford, the executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, was also in attendance.

In his remarks, Marks heralded the store as yet another sign of growth in the Towson area. He cited the redevelopment of Towson City Center, which could be completed this spring, and the Towson Green development as signs that Towson is trending upward.


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"This is probably one of the most attractive drug stores in the area," Marks said after the ceremonies. "I commend the developer for working with the Towson Park community on aesthetics, and am happy we are bringing more jobs into northern Towson."

The store has already created 25 jobs, and Militello said the company's dedication to promoting from within could turn jobs into careers for some of their employees.

According to a release distributed by DMS Development, the Towson location is the 10th Walgreens built by DMS, with others in the pipeline.

Wendy Crites, executive director of the Towson-based DMS Development, said there was a focus on outreach with the community when building the new location in Towson.

"The whole local community here was really involved," she said. "There were a lot of feelings about the store, but we were able to work through those."