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ROCKINGHAM — Passing drivers on Tuesday may have noticed bulldozers tearing down an old bank building in front of Lowe’s on East Broad Avenue.

City records show the lot is being cleared for a small retail center, which will include an urgent-care medical clinic.

“FastMed will be the first (tenant),” said Neil Robinette, a developer with Tri-City, Inc.

FastMed is a medical center chain based in both North Carolina and Arizona that “fills the need for local immediate medical care, all forms of family medicine and occupational medicine,” according to its website.

The clinic will be the second urgent-care facility to come to Rockingham. FirstHealth Convenient Care opened June 2 in the medical office building beside FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital.

FastMed’s conditional-use permit for the site from the city of Rockingham does not specify an opening date.

“There’s a reason we put ‘Fast’ in our name,” the company says on its website. “Our medical clinic procedures make sure that you receive prompt medical attention.”

FastMed clinics are equipped with labs and X-ray machines and patients can schedule appointments and fill out paperwork online, according to the website.

The company has 41 locations throughout North Carolina — with the closest clinics in Aberdeen and Lumberton — and 35 in Arizona.

Robinette said the company’s niche is “providing customers easily accessible and affordable health care.”

“That building will have another parcel and there will be pad ready for a convenience retailer,” he said. “Maybe a food service or coffee type of place.”

Conceptual drawings filed with the city planner’s office show two buildings joined together totaling around 5,000 square feet, surrounded by crepe myrtles and Indian hawthorne shrubs.

The most recent drawing shows 37 regular parking spaces, with four additional handicapped-accessible spaces.

“We’re working hard on that one,” said Robinette, “so hopefully we’ll have that small-scale project done.”

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.

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