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Bruner Pharmacy begins remodeling effort

Monday, July 30, 2012

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Remodeling is underway on 319 E. Broadway, the former location for The Front Page, as Bruner Pharmacy prepares to move its Hallmark store next door. A connecting passage between the two buildings will also be added. The move will take place in approximately 12 weeks. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff] [Order this photo]
Contractors hammered framing in place on Friday over the entrance to the former Jack Frost Printing/Front Page building at 319 E. Broadway as the first expansion step begins for Bruner Pharmacy.

John Bruner said in 12 weeks the Hallmark store within Bruner Pharmacy will move next door as part of the business expansion that has been in the works for a year. Construction crews are framing the infrastructure for the Hallmark store, including a public restroom.

What will be most visible is work on the entrance. Bruner said a new storefront will go in place that will eventually become the main entrance for his entire business.

In the coming weeks, Bruner will complete a cost study to decide where to put the connection between the new Hallmark store and the pharmacy.

Major changes coming to the pharmacy will be the installation of a drive-up window along Fourth Street. The Monett City Council has agreed to convert Fourth Street between Front and Broadway into a northbound one-way street for use of the drive-up window. No time frame for adding the window has been set.

The rear of the pharmacy building, attached to what had been the last bus station in Monett, will become part of the expanded pharmacy. Bruner said the floor in the bus station area is being raised to match the pharmacy.

"I'm happy to be underway," said Bruner. "We've got a time frame. I'm hoping that between New Year's and Valentine's Day, work will be completed."

The present entrance to the pharmacy will remain in place. Once remodeling is complete, the present entrance will become an exit-only door.

The Hallmark store will be moved by Hallmark personnel. The new store will use the same floor space as the present store, Bruner said. The new store will also serve as the freight delivery site. Floor space opened in the present store will be filled with expanded pharmacy products and services.

Bruner said one of his goals in the remodeling is to keep the pharmacy close to the customer to create an inviting atmosphere.

The front fašade on both buildings will have a new look as part of the store's long-range plan, Bruner added.



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