Thursday, December 03, 2015
Bethesda's only 24-hour pharmacy counter will cease round-the-clock hours Sunday
This will be the end of an era, as the pharmacy there has been relied on around-the-clock by patients and their doctors for as long as I can remember. The closest CVS stores with 24-hour pharmacies will likely be Cabin John and Dupont Circle after Sunday. A second 24-hour CVS is located at Wisconsin and Cheltenham Drive in downtown Bethesda, but its pharmacy closes at 10:00 PM on weeknights, and 6:00 PM on weekends.
Count this as yet another blow to the "nighttime economy" of downtown Bethesda, after the failure of Councilmember Hans Riemer's Nighttime Economy initiative. Since Riemer took office in 2010, six downtown nightspots have shuttered, one of Bethesda's two 24-hour restaurants went out of business, and Barnes and Noble - a popular nighttime hangout - adopted an hour-earlier closing time.