Llobet Medical makes Route 28 purchase

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By Joe Moskowitz
Dr. Paul Llobet is betting on an economic upturn in the area. He is also hedging his bets in case there is a change in his current professional situation.

Dr. Llobet, and his wife, Dr. Holly Llobet, own Llobet Medical Group, currently located on the Margaretville Hospital campus and in Kingston. Their medical offices here are located in the Palen Medical Building and that is where Dr. Llobet says he plans to stay.

But last week Llobet Medical Group completed the purchase of the 12,000-square-foot former home of Lou-Jon, later known as J&S Auto Parts, located on Route 28 just west of Fleischmanns. Dr. Llobet says he has no current plans to move his medical practice out of the much smaller Palen Building.

Dr. Llobet told the News that he considers the purchase a good business opportunity. It was a chance to purchase a large building with plenty of parking for what he considers the low price of $200,000. He says he plans to use the building as a strip mall, the way its original owners intended. He hopes to rent out spaces for stores and offices.

Plenty of space
However, he says the Palen Building, at 4,000 square feet, has no room for expansion and should his practice grow, the purchase of the Lou –Jon building would give him the room to add a second location.
Margaretville Hospital, and the adjacent Mountainside Residential Care Center, are owned by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. Dr. Llobet says that while his relationship with HealthAlliance is excellent today, things can change.

Planning ahead
He noted that HealthAlliance is having financial difficulties and if it were to be sold to a health-care provider that hires its own doctors, as Bassett Hospital does, he as an independent physician, would need a place to go to and operate his practice.
For now and the foreseeable future, he has no plans to go anywhere. He bought the building largely because of its location. The building has a Fleischmanns address and is located on Route 28 roughly midway between the hamlet of Arkville and the Village of Fleischmanns. He says if the proposed Belleayre Resort and Belleayre Mountain Ski center expansion plans are approved and built, and attract as many people as promised, he envisions expanding the facility.
Margaretville Hospital local Board President Carey Wagner says the hospital’s relationship with Dr. Llobet is “great,” and Wagner says he sees the purchase as Dr. Llobet taking advantage of a good business opportunity, especially in light of what may happen at Belleayre.
Drs. Paul and Holly Llobet of the Llobet Medical Group were honored on May 22 by The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner at Hanah Country Resort and Spa as “Entrepreneurs of the Year.”