CVS Pharmacy Becomes First Major Retailer to Open in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward Since Hurricane Katrina

CVS Pharmacy has announced the grand opening of its New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward location, becoming the first major retailer to build in the neighborhood since Hurricane Katrina.

PRESS RELEASE

NEW ORLEANS

,

May 19, 2016

/PRNewswire/ -- CVS Pharmacy today announced the grand opening of its New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward location, becoming the first major retailer to build in the neighborhood since Hurricane Katrina. CVS Pharmacy's new store will serve as a building block in the revitalization of the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the hardest hit communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.

"CVS Pharmacy is extremely proud to now be a part of this community, giving residents convenient access to best in class pharmacy services and high quality health, beauty and wellness products," said

Roger Francis

, Area Vice President of CVS Pharmacy. "More than 10 years ago, CVS Pharmacy was on the front lines of aiding in the relief and recovery efforts when Katrina struck, and now we are proud to be on the front lines helping to revitalize this community."

The new CVS Pharmacy location is more than 13,000 square feet and will feature drive thru pharmacy window service and a wide range of high quality health, beauty, personal care products and healthy snack options. In addition, twenty new jobs have been added within the community as staff at this new location.

Mayor

Mitch Landrieu

participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new store, located at 5000 North Claiborne Avenue. According to the Mayor, he and his administration have committed more than

$500 million

in recovery projects in the Lower Ninth Ward, including major road and infrastructure developments, along with new police and fire stations and a community center.

"Today's celebration marks another milestone in the renewal and redevelopment of the historic Lower Ninth Ward," Mayor

Mitch Landrieu

said. "This new CVS Pharmacy marks the first national retailer to come to the Lower Ninth Ward since Hurricane Katrina, bringing important services and resources to this underserved area. This is a major sign of the progress we're making in restoring the Lower Ninth Ward and rebuilding

New Orleans

not how she was, but how she always should have been."

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, CVS Health and its Foundation donated more than

$1 million

in cash donations and supplies to the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations in order to assist with relief efforts for victims. Now, more than 10 years later, CVS Health continues to play an important role in

New Orleans

, working closely with officials in aiding the relief and recovery effort. This effort includes a

$15,000

grant from CVS Health to be donated to the Baptist Community Health Services (BCHS), a local nonprofit, to support their Chronic Disease Management program. BCHS and its physicians provide quality primary medical care for youth and adults in the Lower Ninth Ward of

New Orleans

, many of whom do not have regular access to basic health care, including an adult population that has significant chronic health problems.

"As a provider of primary and behavioral health care in the Ninth Ward, we understand the strategic significance that CVS Pharmacy's investment has on our community," said

Shawn Powers

, CEO, Baptist Community Health Services. "Because of CVS' donation and commitment to the Ninth Ward, our community will have improved access to health care, prescriptions and related services. Lives improve when companies like CVS invest in our neighborhood. CVS Pharmacy is the type of partner NOLA's Ninth wants and needs. "

For more information about CVS Pharmacy store locations, visit www.cvs.com/stores. For information about CVS Health's corporate giving, visit http://cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.