Bomgaars Coming To Glenwood

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Retailer to build 20,000-square foot store

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Bomgaars, a family-owned, Iowa-based supplier, announced its plans Friday afternoon to build a 20,000-square foot retail store on the south end of the Glenwood city limits near the Locust Street - Highway 34 interchange. The store will be built on a four-acre site near Methodist Physicians Clinic and Medicap Pharmacy.

Bomgaars advertising director John Haafke told The Opinion-Tribune construction will start in the spring of 2014 and the store will open next fall. Haafke said he would classify Bomgaars as a “home, farm and auto” store with departments ranging from pets, feed and cattle to clothing, toys and tools. The Bomgaars announcement was made just weeks after the closure of Glenwood’s True Value hardware store and the retirement of owner Jeff Trask.

Haafke said Bomgaars believes it can help fill the void in the community created by the loss of True Value.
Mills County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Linda Washburn said discussions with Bomgaars representatives have been ongoing for months.

“We’ve been working on and off with them for about a year,” Washburn said. “We’re very excited about them coming to Glenwood. They’ll be a great fit for our community.

“Their mission statement is, ‘We’ve got what you need, when you need it at the right price.’ The store will provide an opportunity for our residents to shop locally.”

Mills County Economic Development Foundation president Larry Winum said the foundation is selective in the types of businesses it tries to lure to the community.

“We always try to be sensitive about how they’ll affect other businesses,” Winum said.
istrator Brian Kissel also believes Bomgaars will be a welcome addition to the community. Kissel said not only will the store meet a retail need, but will also provide employment for about 20 people.

Kissel said the city is in the process of establishing urban renewal and urban revitalization legislation that will likely result in tax breaks for Bomgaars.

“They will most likely receive a tax refund or tax abatement,” Kissel said.
Kissel noted  Bomgaars will be required to submit a building permit for approval before construction can commence.
Bomgaars, based in Sioux City, operates over 60 stores in six states - Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming and Colorado.

Presently, the two Bomgaars stores closest to Glenwood are in Council Bluffs and Plattsmouth, Neb.