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New Hardware Store Helps Fill Void

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

Glenwood-area residents once again have a local hardware store to go to for those fix-it-up and lawn and garden projects around the house.

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Garden Treasures Home and Hardware, located just south of the city limits at 22309 221 St., opened for business Tuesday, April 1. The store is an affiliate of the nationally-known Hardware Hank line of products.

“Our goal was to get going before spring and we just barely made it,” hardware store owner Ryan Bichel said. “We have 3,200 square feet in the building. I was amazed how much they crammed in here.”

Bichel has the store stocked with a wide range of products, including electrical, plumbing, paint, tools, nuts, bolts, animal feed, lawn and garden care and gas grills. Customers can have keys made at the store and even purchase a six pack of Hardware Hank root beer or cream soda. Bichel, who has owned the Garden Treasures statuary business for six years, said he saw a need for a local hardware store when Jeff Trask retired last fall and closed the longstanding True Value store on Town Square.

“When Jeff closed up, we went that way (pursuing a hardware store),” Bichel said. “We were already selling some lawn and garden items and animal foods. We’ve had a very good response from customers – everybody said they’re tired of running to Council Bluffs for one item.”

The hottest-selling merchandise in the hardware store’s first week of business were plumbing and electrical items, garden hoses, grass seed and fertilizer, Bichel said.

Willis Ballinger, who was browsing in the store Friday morning with his wife Marilyn, said he’s impressed by Garden Treasure’s inventory.

“I like it,” Ballinger said. “It looks like he’ll have some stuff we won’t have to go to Council Bluffs for.”

Bichel has owned Garden Treasures for six years and said the business will continue to sell lawn statues. “We’re going to do everything we’ve done in the past, plus the hardware,” Bichel said.