Shoppers Home Health Care here is set to move, relocating to the former 364 Store in the Senic River Mall on Second Street East from its current site in the Rainy Lake Plaza on King’s Highway.
Respiratory therapist and manager Randi Fulford said a “soft opening” is planned for next Thursday (July 19).
“We’re not closing,” she stressed, noting the business will have staff at both locations on the day of the move.
Fulford said the reason for the move is that the new location has “more space and a more user-friendly environment for seniors.”
The old location was 1,300 sq. ft. in size whereas the new location is 3,300 sq. ft.
“It’s more of a central location, too,” she added.
Fulford noted renovations at the new location, which have been going on for the past few months, are now almost complete.
“They had to build it right to what we needed, to our specifications,” she explained.
For instance, a new railing has been added to the front of the store to assist people entering and leaving.
Fulford added they’re excited to be moving into their new location after about a year of planning.
“We’re growing, so we’re getting bigger and bigger, and we’ve outgrown this space [in the Rainy Lake Plaza],” she remarked.
She noted Shoppers Home Health Care has been serving the district since 1989, starting out of Kenora, and has been in its current location since 1995.
Once they are in the larger space, “we’ll have more variety of product,” said Fulford.
“We have scooters, walkers, lift chairs, and bathroom safety supplies currently,” she noted. But now they’ll also be able to provide wound care and dressings for their customers.
“There will be more up-to-date equipment,” she added.
“We have an aging demographic, and we want to assist them in maintaining their autonomy.”
The store also will be increasing staff to better serve customers.
“We have already hired more,” Fulford said. “We are at six [employees] and we’ll be going up to eight.
“We have a respiratory therapist, some customer service reps, mobility reps, and service technicians,” she noted.
“We’re looking forward to serving the district better.”