A business owner in Lawrencetown is trying to figure out the next step after an accused drunk driver smashed a vehicle into his music store.

At 10:07 p.m. Sunday, RCMP received a call that someone had run into the building.

When they arrived, police arrested a man for impaired driving. He was then taken to hospital. The extent of his injuries is not known.

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Though a Chevrolet logo sits atop a piano destroyed in the impact, Hart Hiltz is thankful his guitars were not touched.

The sign on the outside of the building that was hit says it’s an autobody shop, but until Sunday's crash, there were no cars in the building.

New business owner Robin Hart Hiltz had planned to put up a new sign for his guitar repair shop this week.

His plans have changed because of the crash.

“He hit the wall going so hard that like, not only did he buckle the wall over on that side but there's compression cracks from the impact all the way through this load-bearing wall,” he said.

Though a Chevrolet logo sits atop a piano destroyed in the impact, he is thankful his guitars were not touched.

“I got really, really lucky. But at the same time, I mean how lucky am I? I mean, I don't know if I'm getting shut down or I mean how many months I'm going to be out of business at the moment,” he said.

Landlord Godfrey Perry is worried the accused drunk driver may not have insurance, which could put him on the hook.

“This is a setback for me. Financially, like I mean, it's not going to ruin me. But it's something that I shouldn't have to pay for. It's a cost that I should have to adhere,” he said.

Hart Hiltz met with an engineer Tuesday to assess the damage to the building.

He hopes this will bring him some answers about where to go from here. But he knows there's going to be a lot of work to do before he can put up the new sign.