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Historic building to get new tenant
downtown building
An historic building in downtown Pembroke, 38 W. Bacon St., is getting a new tenant and a new lease on life. - photo by Lee Anna Tatum

One of Pembroke’s historic buildings downtown is getting a new lease on life thanks to H & S Construction and Handyman Services.

Owner  Read Nichols was looking for someplace to better serve the needs of his business as it was quickly outgrowing his home office. The former Lanier Bowers Pharmacy at 38 W. Bacon St. seemed like a good fit.

Pembroke made sense as a base of operations since the business provides services to customers within in a large radius of home base and Nichols had an established relationship with local businesses, Owens Supply Company and Storehouse Salvage.

It’s also a win for the Pembroke as the partially restored building had been sitting vacant for the past five years. In addition to being a new tenant, Nichols intends to remodel the existing bathroom, which in its current state is more of an afterthought than an amenity, he said.

 “They will be rebuilding the one tiny bathroom on the back,” DDA Director Alex Floyd explained. “It’s eat up with termites and we were going to tear it off anyway when these guys approached us. As part of their deal, they’re going to rebuild the bathrooms.”

The city has owned the old pharmacy building for about 10 years and has invested a significant amount of work into restoration.

“We put a lot of work into it. Leveled the floor, put in new ceiling and lights, repainted it, repainted the outside, put the awning on the outside. It’s had a lot of work done to it,” Floyd said.

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