A CVS in South Philadelphia was evacuated Friday night after a police officer noticed a large crack in a pillar outside the store as well as a significant depression in the parking lot.
Employees and customers were forced from the store at 1001 South Washington Avenue around 7:30 p.m. after Philadelphia Police Officer Christopher Grandison noticed the crack and notified Licenses and Inspections.
"This is my first time seeing that [crack] and I don't like the way it looks, so we're closing the store," said an L&I inspector at the scene.
PGW, PECO and the water company were called in to shut off service to the building.
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The crack was first discovered five weeks ago, but has gotten significantly worse in the past few days, said store employees.
A contractor for CVS inspected the building and says he doesn't believe there is structural damage. L&I is still investigating. They say they will keep the South Philly store closed until they know for sure the building is safe.