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Hardware store to be made into shops

NEW LONDON -- Keith Palmquist said he is grateful he was at the right place at the right time to purchase the former Mord's Hardware store building in New London.

NEW LONDON - Keith Palmquist said he is grateful he was at the right place at the right time to purchase the former Mord’s Hardware store building in New London.
Shortly after the store closed this spring, the building was sold to Palmquist, who owns Heritage Exteriors and Restoration of Spicer.
Palmquist intends to renovate the entire structure, including the roof, plumbing, electrical, exterior and interior, to create four separate Main Street shops each with its own entrance and distinct exterior face.
Remodeling will begin next month on the side of the building for a salon and spa that will move in by the end of August. Two additional spaces in the rear of the building will be renovated later for professional service businesses.
“This will be a fun project for us,” Palmquist said. “I hope we can do right by what New London is looking for.”
A portion of the building was the original Monongalia County Courthouse before Monongalia County merged with Kandiyohi County in 1870. Palmquist said he intends to call the property the Monongalia Courthouse Plaza.
He’s hoping to salvage the original brick exterior of the old courthouse but time will tell as the renovation proceeds, he said.
Palmquist said he has been getting two or three phone calls every week from people who want to rent a spot. Other than the spa and Three Fingers Saw Mill, he’s not taken action on other renters yet.
“I’m eager to get them in there,” he said. Given the energy in the town’s retail sector, Palmquist said he’s not too concerned about filling the space but wants to make sure the selected businesses are a “good match for the town.”

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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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