SEFFNER — It is not uncommon for businesses to change locations.
Leases expire, expansion plans call for more space and better locations become available.
All About Animals has taken the idea of moving quite literally. The veterinarian office is in the process of relocating all 258 tons of its office from 304 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., where it has operated since 1995, approximately 1,300 feet east.
With the state Department of Transportation extending its project to widen the road east toward McIntosh Road, something it started in 2012 between Highview Road and Parsons Avenue, owner Dr. Elizabeth Hughes made a decision to relocate the entire business.
"I just couldn't see the building get destroyed and put in a landfill somewhere," she said.
Hughes gutted her office from 2012 to 2014 with renovations that included a raised roof, two new exam rooms and a walk-up pharmacy. During that time, All About Animals moved to an adjacent building Hughes owned. She resumed business in the improved office space, but then had to move to her current temporary location at 712 E Dr. Martin Luther King, a property she also owns.
Pat Burdette, owner of Modern Movers, was tasked with moving the 58-foot-wide structure. He has moved buildings for 35 years and says the process includes excavating eight feet at a time to place more than 100 jacks underneath. From there, steel beams are placed underneath and hydraulic jacks lift and move it.
"At one point, it was tipping but they recovered without any problem," said Hughes, who is paying for the move.
Burdette calls what he does environmentally friendly.
"House moving is the biggest recycling in the world by tonnage," he said. "We kept it out of the landfill and put it back on the tax roll to help support the community."
The building will be placed on a new footer adjacent to 712 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and Hughes hopes to be back in her original office within a couple of months. All About Animals remains open during the move. Call (813) 681-8387 for vet services.
Coast Dental opens renovated office
BRANDON — Coast Dental Brandon Town Center is welcoming new patients to its fully renovated dental office at 2118 W Brandon Blvd., Suite K.
The office, which opened in 1998, completed its second makeover of the past decade with a nod toward patient comfort. The revamped office includes new artwork, paint and flooring.
The dental office features comprehensive family dentistry services, orthodontics and endodontics. Dr. Joel Caudill and Dr. Brina Patel provide complete family dental services designed to preserve and repair smiles.
If your smile is less than perfect, orthodontist Dr. Mayuri Patel provides traditional braces, clear bracket braces, Invisalign® clear aligners, and more services to straighten teeth.
Endodontist Dr. Chen He specializes in root canals to relieve pain and restore teeth.
Coast Dental Brandon Town Center accepts more than 200 types of dental insurance and offers SmilePlus for patients without dental insurance. SmilePlus offers savings of up to 70 percent on dental services.
Coast Dental also offers dental financing plans. For office hours and more information, call (813) 662-9340 or visit CoastDental.com.
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