SOUTHINGTON — The front and side windows of the former Rite Aid store at the corner of Main and Vermont streets are currently boarded up.
But the building won’t be empty much longer. Bristol Health Medical Group expects to relocate from its current office, 78 Main St., by mid-December. Bristol Health operates medical offices and facilities, including Bristol Hospital, in seven different communities. Its first Southington practice opened in 2017 at 78 Main St.
Spokesman Christopher Boyle said Bristol Health has already outgrown its existing space, which he described as a success since it opened nearly two years ago.
“The current office is about 2,200 square feet. The new building is about 7,000 square feet,” he said. “The bottom line is since we opened that new office, we’ve done really well. We’ve outgrown it.”
About 5,000 square feet in the new building will be medical space — including 12 examination rooms and a blood draw station, Boyle said. The medical services it will offer include primary care, general surgery, orthopedics, podiatry, psychiatry, behavioral health, pulmonary medicine and urology.
The building at 167 Main St. originally opened as a Rite Aid Pharmacy in 1984.
Town records show the planning & zoning department and town engineer approved a permit request to convert the space into a medical office last spring. That permit was requested by developer Florian Properties, which owns the property.
Town property records show the property was purchased by Format LLC for $695,000 in December 2018. According to state business filings, Format’s principal is listed as Mathew W. Florian, who is also the manager of Florian Properties.
Bristol Health is paying to renovate the building, which it will be leasing. The exact total was not available on Friday.
“The old location was a great way to get established in Southington,” Boyle said. “With the new office, we look forward to really providing what we pride ourselves on — great safe and quality care.”