HESPERIA — The owners of Samaritan LC Animal Hospital recently purchased the building formerly occupied by the popular Haven Home Decor Gifts & More store.

The building’s new owners are Dr. Corea Choi and his wife, Grace, who began construction on the hospital on May 11 and plan to hold a grand opening on July 11, at the property located on Outer Bear Valley Road in Hesperia, according to The Bradco Companies.

Located near the intersection of Industrial Boulevard, the nearly 4,900-square-foot building was built in 2004 by former owners Dan and Wendy Pollock, who sold the building for $630,000.

The building acquisition was facilitated by Bradco Companies Senior Commercial Sales and Leasing Associate Paul A. Casilla, who represented Choi and his wife.

“I had originally assisted Dr. Choi with leasing his current location,” Casilla said in a press release. “Dr. Choi currently operates his initial Veterinary Clinic at the Apple Valley Commons shopping center; one of several retail properties developed by Lewis Retail and Lewis Operating,”

Casilla said he had searched for the last two years for a larger facility for Choi and his staff, who have outgrown their Apple Valley location.

In 2017, Choi opened the Samaritan Animal Hospital in the Super Target shopping center on Highway 18 in Apple Valley. In May 2018, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte recognized the animal care facility as his Outstanding Small Business of the Month, the Daily Press reported at the time.

The hospital has donated its time and services to the Victor Valley Animal Protective League on several occasions and has helped with the cost of treating animals, Obernolte’s office said.

The Good Samaritan team cares for an estimated 30 animals a day, which includes cats, dogs, goats, birds, reptiles and other pets.

On Wednesday, Casilla told the Daily Press that once the new animal hospital opens, Choi will most likely close the 1,200-square-foot hospital in Apple Valley.

“The new facility is more spacious and will give Dr. Choi and his team the ability to accommodate more animals,” Casilla said. “It will also allow them the space to offer additional services and to set up a grooming facility.”

The Haven store offered furniture, home decor, clothing and collectibles. Holiday customers would flock to the store for trees, ornaments, angels and other decorative items.

In the building transaction, the Pollocks were represented by Senior Associate of Capital Graeme Carr for NAI out of Victorville.

The title for the transaction was serviced and supplied by Jim Coomes and Linda Cardinal-McCarthy of First American Title Company. Escrow was serviced by Debbie Tarango of Chicago Title and Escrow.

Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, or by email at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.