New locations give local businesses additional space
By JANE UTECHT, Staff Reporter
Two Madison businesses are moving to new locations this month, trading up for more space.|
Power Promotions' move to the east side of Egan Avenue almost doubles the space the business had on the west side of the street, said owner Scott Backus.
"We are excited to be here and have the space to do new things," he said, "and [offer] more variety."
Their move opened up a spot on Egan's west side, which allows Madison Instant Printing to move from E. Center and gain over 300 square feet, plus a basement for storage space, said owner Marshall Dennert.
These business moves all came about in the last few months. Backus said that the deal, to partner with Bulldog Media and buy the former Montgomery Furniture building, was worked out in June.
"Neither one of us needed the entire building, so it worked well to work together," Backus said.
With an economic development loan from the Lake Area Improvement Corporation, the plan became a reality, so in September they started remodeling and now they are open for business in the new spot.
Dennert said that his business worked out the arrangements to move into Power Promotions' old spot in September.
"We made a deal that was mutually beneficial," he said.
Besides more space, he suspects that being on main street will give him more visibility, although being "across the street from the Oost Office" for years was good as well.
"They'll find me," he said of his clientele once the business opens in the new location on Nov. 1.
"Hopefully we won't miss a beat," Dennert said.
November will be Dennert's 13th anniversary in business with Madison Instant Printing.
Although it will take a while to get organized and increase inventory, when that is done, Backus said that it will be nice to have room for all the area schools' merchandise on one wall - Madison, Oldham-Ramona-Rutland, Chester and Howard.
"We will be adding a considerable amount of Dakota State items," he said, and more variety of Bulldog gear.
They also plan to expand on the corporate side, having more samples and promotional items for businesses "once the dust settles."
When that happens, customers can look for an open house.
The federal government shutdown doesn't seem to worry Backus.
"Athletics in this area are very supported by fans," he said, so their business seems to do well. They even have customers from outside the local area, such as Warner, Baltic and Canistota.
"It's good to get the name out," Backus said, adding that they are also redoing the website.
LAIC Executive Director Julie Gross said it seems the shutdown has not affected Madison as much as other areas of the country, noting that with expanding main street businesses, the building projects at Bethel Lutheran Home and the hospital, "so many things are going on, and they're all positive."