NITRO, W.Va. -- Fruth Pharmacy's plans to expand its business in Nitro will offer added convenience to Nitro residents, in addition to vamping up curb appeal on Bank Street.
President Lynn Fruth presented the company's proposal to add a drive-through window for prescriptions in the alley behind the store's current location on Bank Street.
Fruth opened its doors in Nitro about 30 years ago and has occupied the same location ever since, and the company recently had the opportunity to buy the building currently occupied by Dollar General, which will be moving to a new location.
Fruth told Nitro City Council members the opportunity gives Fruth Pharmacy a chance to "dress it up and have a nice sort of store front."
She said the greatest advantage to the drive through would be to the elderly. She said that many elderly customers do not want to come into the store when the risk of getting sick is high, during flu season, for example.
The drive through would allow "an opportunity where the elderly folks, or the disabled, could get their prescriptions and purchase other things for the drive through and not have to park their car and be able to get out."
The entrance to the proposed drive-through would be at the entrance to the alley behind the store where it intersects with 21st Street, and drivers would exit onto 22nd Street. To do this, however, Fruth needs city council to designate the alley as a one-way street.
Councilwoman Brenda Tyler was concerned about how the drive through would affect 21st Street traffic.
"I think you're going to cause a traffic jam," Tyler said.
Fruth told council the drive-through would be a minimal traffic disruption because up to three vehicles can wait in line before spilling into 21st street.
She also said the window would be for dropping off and picking up prescriptions only. Customers may not wait in line for prescriptions to be filled. If a customer's prescription isn't ready or there is a problem with insurance, he or she will be instructed to come inside.
Council members voted to send the matter to the ordinance committee.
The renovation will make Fruth occupy entire building, which means it will also take over the spaces occupied by Cat's Back Records and Missy's Puppies and Grooming.
Fruth plans to be finished with the renovations and open by May or June of 2014.
Other council members were excited.
"It's an excellent improvement for the town," Councilman Andy Shamblin said.
Council also held a public hearing on the proposed ordinance authorizing the design, improvements, and extensions to the existing public sewer facilities, and allowing the city to obtain temporary financing for the project from Huntington National Bank in an amount not to exceed $800,000.
Having no objections from the community council voted to adopt the ordinance with a supplemental resolution that included additional details not included in the original ordinance, such as the principal amount, interest rate, and payment dates.
The ordinance only secures temporary funding for the project and authorizes the design. Council will address the matter again before the project begins.
Mayor Dave Casebolt also announced that trash bags would be available to all Nitro residents who are current on municipal service bill on Sept. 23. Residents can pick them up 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Public Works building.