Ace Hardware is moving locations to a building being constructed on the corner of Main Street and 1st East.
“We are not only moving ourselves closer to the student population, but also apartment managers,” said store owner Daniel Moldenhauer. “We are closer to the businesses downtown, we have the city offices right here who are a huge customer.”
Tace Herman, maintenance manager at the Ivy, said he shops at Ace every day, and it will be nice that the store will be in a more convenient location.
Moldenhauer said some students come in to buy plaster to fill in holes so they aren’t charged for damages to walls.
“Students come into Ace Hardware to buy a little bit of everything … kitchen gadgets and house ware,” Moldenhauer said.
Trever Einerson, Shovelback owner, the company constructing the building, said they broke ground the first week of September.
Moldenhauer said the building is expected to be finished by the end of January.
He said the store will open the first week of March in 2014.
Einerson said the first step to building the store was design and engineering.
He said that while figuring out how to build close to a state highway, an engineer suggested he look into Hanson Structural Precast, a company which provides pre-built panels for the walls.
Einerson said imbed plates hold the structure of the building together.
Imbed plates are little square metal plates imbedded into the concrete to hold the building .