Construction is underway at the former Scotiabank building in Fall River. It will be the new home for the Fall River Guardian. They hope to open there in November. (Healey photo)

FALL RIVER: With a growing clientele, owners of the Fall River Guardian pharmacy felt the need for a larger location was necessary, and as such the independently owned store is on the move around the corner.

Shawn Grimm, one of the Guardian store’s three owners along with Craig MacLean and Mike Wyman, confirmed to The Laker that they have bought the former Scotiabank building on Highway 2 in Fall River.

“With the addition of many new services that pharmacists have been able to provide over the last several years, such as immunizations (flu shots, travel vaccines, and shingles vaccines), medication reviews, and prescribing for minor ailments, we have outgrown our current location,” Grimm said in an interview with The Laker on Sept. 21.

He said in addition to the larger space the new building will provide for pharmacy services, customers will also be offered a greater selection of merchandise, including gift ware, Hallmark cards, lotto, and home health care.

“We have also set aside three of the former bank offices to rent out to other health care professionals,” he said.

Grimm said the location on Highway 2 also provides greater visibility and exposure.

“We will be offering extended hours at the new location, which will include longer Saturday hours and open on Sunday as well,” he said.

He said they are aiming for a November 2016 opening.