Local pharmacy expanding again
After celebrating an expansion project less than two years ago, Whitley Pharmacy is expanding again. The local business will add around 2,000 square feet of showroom space for its giftware merchandise.
"This will be the largest of the three buildings that we will be in," said Blake Whitley, Whitley Pharmacy owner. "It is amazing how fast you need more room. You can never have enough room."
Whitley and his wife, Debbie, already owned the building that joins the pharmacy on its west side. Two years ago, the couple remodeled the building with the intent to lease the space.
"It's a prime business area on the square, but with the economy the way it is no one is able to lease it," said Whitley. "I hate to see empty buildings so we decided we would just use it ourselves."
Whitley said there was already one opening between the two buildings. Lowe Construction, owned by Bud Lowe, of Cassville, was hired to construct a second opening and remodel the inside of the building.
Crews have been installing sheetrock in the adjoining building space over the last week. The space will be painted, and the project should be completed by the end of this week, said Whitley.
"It's going to make the front end of the store more roomy and give us more room for our products," said Whitley.
In addition to completing the expansion project at Whitley Pharmacy, Lowe Construction is remodeling the building located north of Commerce Bank's main branch on Main Street. The building is owned by Bob and Carolyn Bishop.
"We had them completely go through the building structurally," said Bishop. "Like a lot of the buildings in the downtown area, this one had structural issues that were a concern. The crews are correcting those issues and putting a new facade on the building."