Well-stocked? Yes. Friendly employees? Sure.Nevertheless, there are a few things one can count on consistently at this place that make one's visit a bit of an ordeal. 1. I doubt I have ever approached the entrance without being accosted by an (allegedly) homeless person all but blocking the doorway.They have inexplicably, but perhaps understandably, adopted a drug store as their favorite hangout. Be ye not deceived: there is a fairly large Board and Care doors nearby on Western, so these folks get 3 meals a day and a little "personal spending" dough. That's not what their after; it's more likely beer change they are wringing your guilt for. Some of them should join SAG, such are their skills. Do notice a liquor store sits prominently across the street, so there's the real attraction. 2. Lines at the register.The cashiers are friendly folk with more patience than Job apparently, for it never fails: someone ALWAYS haggles over a coupon, or disputes a price, or must return something as though this habitually gives their life Meaning. Meanwhile, those in line wait... and wait.Take a book... perhaps "War and Peace" would do. 3. Prices of certain items have risen precipitously in but a few years. Does one really wish to spend 9 dollars on laundry detergent?! Even their own brand, once a good deal, has gone way up. Vitamins? Forget it. You could buy an I-Pod instead, just eat more veggies.Nevertheless, the store does try, and they consistently play rather groovy music to shop by. One can whisk about the place singing along to the 5th Dimension or Bee Gees while buying floss. P.S. Apply for the "Wellness Card" if you plan to become a regular. Happy Shopping.
The pharmacy staff is excellent and speedy, hence the 5 stars for expertise and service. The issue is the location: this CVS is on the ground floor of an apartment building catering to students, right across the street from the USC campus. The CVS is the closest place to buy food and, alas, alcohol to campus. The nearest grocery store is about a 1/2 mile + away. This means the store is always packed full of students and the shelves are frequently messy/disorganized. Furthermore, the parking for the building is awful. There is only one entrance and one exit for the garage - for both tenants and customers - so sometimes there can be a giant line to exit the garage. Doesn't help that the parking ticket machine frequently breaks too. While the parking situation and the mobs of clientele aren't CVS's fault, they make this particular location less pleasant to visit.
Introduced to this pharmacy waaaay back when it was 'Mom's' Pharmacy (good then, great now...). When I moved to East L.A. I wanted to use their services again. Before I did I had a dire need to fill several prescriptions from an Emergency Dept visit. I tried the local close typical (Walgreens/etc) and their co-pays/costs were exhorbitant... additionally, it was the end of the month, $$ were tight and so I went to this pharmacy hoping they'd recall my business and bill me. Not only did they do that...their prices were very reasonable and allowed me to bill my ins and then pay my share 'when I could in the next couple of months.' This was the difference between me obtaining my much needed meds and continuing to suffer for more weeks. wOw! I'm a fan.