Fate of Church Pharmacy still unsure
UPDATE: DEMOLITION to parts of the Church Pharmacy has begun.
Workers have started to bring down the back of the building on Barolin and Woongarra Sts, which was destroyed in a fire last month.
Signs have been placed along the street warning drivers of the action ahead.
EARLIER, APRIL 28: THE owner of Church Pharmacy has told the NewsMail there would still be a wait to know the extent of damage repairs to the building on Barolin St after a fire ripped through it earlier this month.
Brent Byrne said his insurance company and engineers were currently assessing the building in stages.
"All wooden parts of the building are coming down in the next week or two," he said.
The engineers are concerned about the safety aspect of it and have decided they will have to demolish that part of the building so they can work.
"They will then start the process of seeing if the concrete part is safe and so on."
Mr Byrne said it would be a long wait before he and his staff would know if and when they can move back into the building.
"I'm hoping that eventually we will be going into it," he said.
"For the next 12 months though, we have moved to the other side of the Burnett Medical Centre."
The Church Pharmacy team is operating from 2/17 Barolin St and are currently serving customers.
"We have no signage up yet and we have just started getting some stock in now. We haven't got full shelves but people can come in and say hello," Mr Byrne said.
"We are just 80 meters down the road."
Mr Byrne said since the fire, he had received an overflow of support from businesses and the community.
"People have been very supportive as well as other pharmacies and the council," he said.
"For now we just have our heads down and are working hard to get back on our feet. It is a difficult thing, to start again from nothing."