From Osco Drugs to CVS: Reno Public Market’s Newest Tenant

April 26, 2021

CVS is staying at Reno Public Market, but big changes are happening to bring this drug store into the future. The store held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, April 25 to celebrate the reopening.

The drug store downsized from 27,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet and added a drive-up window. CVS is also offering new services like a CVS HealthHub Minute Clinic, with on-site medical care facilities. 

And all these changes are part of the drug store’s incredibly rich history. What is now CVS opened as Skagg’s Drugs in 1962, and along the way was rebranded as Osco Drugs and then Sav-On Drugs before CVS acquired the company 10 years ago and gave it the CVS name. 

After 59 years in the same building, the drug store relocated to another space within the Reno Public Market development. As the drug store industry evolved to smaller store formats, drive-up lanes and pick-up windows, CVS became increasingly eager to provide these offerings for local shoppers. 

“The CVS drug store has been a cornerstone of the shopping center for decades,” said Rick Casazza, Reno Public Market Partner. “We are proud to include the store in our redevelopment plan for Reno’s Public Market to continue serving Reno locals, with the addition of clinic and drive-up options.”

The Reno Public Market property has been in Casazza family ownership for nearly a century. Casazza himself worked for Skagg’s Drugs while in high school and college, and has seen the drug store evolve over the years to continue serving the needs of shoppers.