Town and CVS officials gathered at the portion of the former Gales Ferry school where the new CVS store and pharmacy will be built to break ground and commemorate the occasion Thursday.
State Rep. Tom Reynolds-(D), said that CVS is "one lynchpin in a larger vision of econonic development for this strip and this town."
Mayor John Rodolico introduced the eight shovel-bearers as representatives of "a lot of people involved in the project," which began as a plan approximately three years ago.
Former Mayor Fred Allyn, Jr. was in office when the plan first came up and commended current Mayor Rodolico for ushering the project through completion.
Paul Beck, who represents the developer Gersham Brown Crowley, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, said said he anticipates the store will be able to offer 30 to 35 jobs and it is scheduled to open in October.