A Rochester paint business looking for a home has decided to build a new store.
Sherwin-Williams plans to build a 4,000-square-foot paint store on a spot in the parking lot in front of the south ShopKo and Menards stores, just south of Culvers.
The hope is to get it built and open by October, says Nate Reit, manager of the south Rochester Sherwin-Williams store located in the former Rochester Market Square building. That former "home building mall" used to house a number of similar construction business tenants. However, that focus faded when the economy crashed and the building industry was gutted.
The 56,000-square-foot complex was purchased by the Rochester School District for $2.1 million last fall. It is being remodeled to house area learning programs.
With the building being "schooled," the one remaining tenant, Sherwin-Williams, needs to move out.
That's where the new store comes in. Reit says building will allow Sherwin-Williams to have "total control" of its future in south Rochester.
"I think our retail business will really thrive there, particularly being near Menards," he says. "We haven't been that accessible for the past six and half years we have been here (in Rochester Market Square)."
However, Sherwin-Williams does have a strong relationship with many of the area's contractors, and he believes that will continue in the new spot.
Right now, the south store has nine on staff.
"I think we'll probably need to add people at the new location, just to keep up with the additional retail business," Reit says.
In addition to the south location, Sherwin-Williams has a store on the north side of Rochester. Both stores are corporate-owned.