Tiverton pharmacy is rising from ashes
A TEMPORARY pharmacy will be set up in Tiverton town centre to dispense medicine and other health supplies to customers following a fire which gutted the premises 10 days ago.
The makeshift chemist is set to open tomorrow (Wednesday, February 26) outside the store in Market Walk which was boarded up following a blaze on the evening of Saturday, February 16.
The temporary replacement cabin will be operating the same opening hours as the original store (Monday - Friday (9am- 6.30pm) and Saturday (9am-5pm).
A Lloyds Pharmacy spokesperson said: "The temporary facility will carry out all the services offered by the original pharmacy and will offer a selection of essential products. We would like to thank the local council, Primary Care Trust and the Market Walk landlord for supporting us in getting this temporary measure set up so speedily. "
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The company says work has commenced on the refit of the affected pharmacy and they hope to re-open the store in the next six weeks.
The spokesperson added: "We would also like to thank all of our customers for their support and understanding during this period and we look forward to offering a great pharmacy experience from our new refurbished premises."
The cause of the fire was believed to be accidental and to have spread from an area at the rear of the store where computer equipment was located.
Firefighters were called to Lloyds Pharmacy in Market Walk shortly before 6.30pm on Saturday, February 16.
Thousands of pounds of stock was damaged by the fire, but nobody was in the building at the time of the blaze and there were no injuries.
Cllr Alan Griffiths said it was "excellent" news that a temporary premises had been found so quickly.
"It [the fire] was a loss to the town," he said. "However, it is very positive that they have come up with a temporary solution and hope to reopen again soon."