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Rachel's Rumors: Rocket Fizz to open downtown

Posted: April 12, 2014 - 2:39pm

Here’s something to appeal to the kid in you. Rocket Fizz, a franchise featuring nostalgic candies and bottled sodas is coming to downtown. It is scheduled to open in July in the building that was formerly occupied by Gospel Concepts (which has apparently moved).

You can go to rocketfizz.com to learn more about the company and its products. I’m entertained by some of the soda flavors, such as bacon, green apple jalapeno and apple pie. I have some friends that are going to be just like kids in a candy store.

More health care options on Oak

Memory check! Who remembers a little rumor about CVS Pharmacy coming to Oak and Harkrider Streets? Well, it seems this little tidbit is a done deal, and the new construction will involve the demolition of the former Satterfield station as well as the building that is currently home to Hurley Chiropractic (before that, Colony Shop; and before that, Safeway. Who knew?).

CVS is not afraid of a little competition, are they? That corner already has two pharmacies on it — Walgreens and Sav On Health Mart. A little online research turned up only one CVS in the state — located in Texarkana, oddly enough. Does that count?

Moving on, MedExpress is also coming soon to Oak and Factory Streets. If you look that up on Google Maps, you’ll see a barren, ravaged piece of land that many of us have been using as a parking lot for years when visiting Layla’s (and before that, Oak Street Bistro). Every other side of the intersection has businesses on it. At some point I’ll have to find out for sure which corner this new addition is coming to.

MedExpress calls itself a full service neighborhood medical center. They treat illnesses and injuries, give immunizations and screenings and provide a variety of other medical services. Ironically, they also fill some prescriptions for their patients. Sorry, Oak and Harkrider.

Construction and such

• If you haven’t driven down Prince Street lately, you’ll be happy to know the new Chick Fil A is finally under construction. I bet it will be finished in no time.

• The new Kum and Go at Prince and Hogan opened recently, as did the new Mapco Mart on Dave Ward Drive next to Interstate 40. Here’s to happier commutes.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to rachelpdickerson@gmail.com)

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