The Woodstock Poems: CVS

CVS originally stood for Consumer Value Stores. Started in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1963, the chain reached Woodstock in 2001, generating controversy by replacing the town’s last supermarket. “Food, Not Drugs,” said one picket sign. “Community Need, Not Corporate Greed,” said another. Explaining the outrage, supervisor Jeremy Wilber told the New York Times, “Woodstock cannot be crucified on the cross of CVS.” But the pharmacy opened, and life went on.


Center of nowhere
Same as everywhere

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