With an online petition gaining momentum, local activists are hoping to stall plans for CVS to move into the vacant location that used to be a Fresh & Easy Market on the corner Catalina Boulevard and Talbot Street.
Michael Ryan has taken over the petition efforts as hundreds of residents plan to plead their case before the Peninsula Community Planning Board Thursday night.
“The community wants a grocery store. They don’t want another drug store. It’s a real uphill battle to fight a big corporation,” said Ryan.
Since the grocery chain declared bankruptcy for a second time in October, two of its 14 San Diego County stores have gone to CVS.
“We’re up on top of this hill and the closest grocery store is two miles away, which is impractical (for walkers) because of all the hills,” said Ryan.
The Change.org petition had more than 2,660 supporters as of Wednesday.
Catalina-Talbot properties, the building owner, said in court documents that putting a CVS at the Point Loma site would be detrimental to the current tenants, especially considering it already has a local pharmacy, Point Loma Cabrillo Drug.
“They’re all trying to get rid of you and get your books so nothing is new but this is kind of right next to me happening. It’s kind of scary,” said Michael Saad, owner of Point Loma Cabrillo Drug.
Saad has operated in the building for five years and could have to shut his doors if the retail giant opens up six feet next door.
“There are a few options but not the kind of options you want to address,” said Saad.
Courtroom discussions have been postponed to an unconfirmed date in February.
A CVS representative responded to FOX 5's request for comment: “It would be inappropriate to comment prior to the hearing date in bankruptcy court regarding this matter.”