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|Furniture Store Turned Into Insurance Agency
|If you drove by a business near the Galesburg Post Office on East Main Street, you might not know a furniture store ever was there.
Miller Dredge Insurance Agency formally opened up to the public with a reception hosted by the Galesburg-area Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening. Miller Dredge is occupying the former longtime home of Leath Furniture, thanks to a massive amount of money and help from the City of Galesburg which included a facade renovation grant.
Miller Dredge president Jeff Peterson tells WGIL the agency has owned the building for about of year, and a lot of work has been done since then.
"We got in here and started to demo a lot of the old building on the interior," Peterson said, "and the construction didn't get started until, I think, about November."
Peterson tells the WGIL Morning News the agency had been in what was the First Bank building on East Main for a long time, and felt it was time to change.
"It was just an opportunity that we were able to get the building at a reasonable price. Instead of renting out, we're building some equity into this one," Peterson said. "We do have a large conference room in the back that some of our employees are going to use for community activities and things like that. It was a nice project not only to help the agency, but do a little something for the community as well."
Miller Dredge occupies the first floor of the building. And among the improvements aside from turning a large open space into offices, Peterson says many of the store's hardwood floors were restored.
|07 15 11 by Newsroom
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