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County EDA salutes Roerig Hardware

Board also looks at hosting a job fair in October for businesses

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Aug 22, 2021

County EDA specialist Annie Nichols, left, and EDA board chair John Herman, right, present the Business Spotlight certificate to Roerig Hardware owners Shane Roberts and Teresa Newville last week.

The Faribault County Economic Development Authority held their meeting in Winnebago on Aug. 17, and presented the EDA Business Spotlight certificate to Roerig Hardware. County EDA specialist Annie Nichols and EDA board chairman John Herman were on hand to present the award.

The hardware store, which is located on the north end of Main Street, is owned and operated by Shane Roberts and Teresa Newville.

“This is a nice honor,” Newville said. “We will have owned the store two years coming up this November.”

She explained some of the changes she and Roberts have made to the business.

“All of our appliances used to be in back of the store,” Newville commented. “We noticed our female customers come into the front of the store so we changed our layout and now the appliances are in the front of the store along with our selection of paints.”

They also changed the layout near the rear entrance to their business.

“The men tend to come into the store in the back so we have our plumbing supplies and tools back there,” she explained.

Newville also believes in listening to her customers.

“We had people asking us about carrying pet food,” she shared. “We looked into it and now we stock pet food on our shelves.”

Newville believes it is the relationship with their customers which has helped the store be successful.

“We try and listen to what people want and need,” she said. “If it is feasible to make it happen, then we try and do it.”

During the meeting Nichols reported the EDA did not have a good response to the survey they conducted at the fair. The board decided to put the survey on the backburner at this time.

Nichols did note the Land of 10,000 Stories television segment by KARE 11’s Boyd Huppert on veterinarian Bob Bogan had generated a great deal of interest in the doctor’s veterinary practice.

“Many vets have called and are interested,” Nichols said. “I think Dr. Bogan is a bit relieved knowing there are now many vets out there who might be interested in taking over his practice and that his life’s work is not just going to disappear.”

Nichols mentioned Bogan’s veterinary intern also remains interested in the practice.

“A two-person practice presents a more desirable situation because one person is not always on call,” Nichols noted.

The board also discussed the upcoming job fair which is being hosted by the EDA.

“The tentative date is Oct. 5, from 3-7 p.m.,” Nichols commented. “We are working on advertising and plan to hold it at the Ag Center and the north side of the parking lot. The parking lot can hold plenty of parking and also have space for food trucks.”

During her staff report, Nichols said progress is being made on the loan for Murphey Food N Fuel in Minnesota Lake.

“Region 9 requested some more information in order to draft the shared security agreement,” Nichols said. “Once this has been completed, the EDA can close on the loan.”