When the success of Coon Rapids Hardware Hank led owners, Duane, Robyn, and Adam Esdohr to seek out a larger location, a whole cascade of economic development was set into motion with the help of the City, Main Street Coon Rapids, a Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant, and a Community Catalyst Building Remediation Grant. Main Street Iowa is a program of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
Here is how the story unfolded. The Esdohrs had been looking for a larger location for a number of years because they had already added on to their existing building at 517 Main Street until they had no more room for expansion. The Syngenta customer service office building on the corner of Main Street and Sixth Avenue had been vacant and deteriorating since 2018 but was brimming with space and potential. Through the efforts of Main street Coon Rapids, the Esdohrs were able to secure the building, renovate, and move in. Main Street Coon Rapids in turn helped new owners, Ryan and Kristy Bass, take possession of the Esdohr's old hardware building with the plan to make significant renovations in preparation for their own business endeavors.
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