The former Rite Aid storefront at 540 Gallivan Blvd. in Adams Corner might be reopened as a fitness center, according to Tom Cifrino, the owner.
“There’s been some interest in the site, but not a lot,” said Cifrino, whose family also owns a number of buildings throughout the Boston area, including the Fields Corner shopping center.
“It’s a little small for a lot of the bigger retailers, but a little too big for the smaller shops," Cifrino added.
Rite Aid, which declined to renew its 20 year lease in the spring, occupied a 17,000-square-foot space in the 21,525-square-foot three-story structure. The building also also houses College Hype, Supreme Liquors, and other small offices.
Cifrino said he has been in talks with three separate fitness centers, including the Boston Sports Club.
“At the moment we are leaning towards trying to change the use to a fitness center,” Cifrino said. “We’re talking, but it’s a question of negotiating the lease. “
Once a new tenant has been secured, Cifrino said he will also begin the process of revamping the vast asphalt parking lot behind that structure. In the past lease the tenant was tasked with maintaining the parking lot something Cifrino said his management company will be taking over.
“I don’t think the neighborhood deserves a sloppy parking lot or building,” said Cifrino.
Although negations are ongoing, Cifrino said he hopes to have a lease secured as soon as possible.