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Fluegel's plans bigger store

A new 12,000 sq. ft. retail store will replace the current Fluegel's shop.

The current Fluegels’s Farm, Garden and Pet retail space is cramped. To put it frankly, the shop needs more space.

“We really need more space. Right now everything is so crowded,” said owner Kim Fluegel.

To address the issues, Fluegel plans to build a new, 12,000 sq. ft. retail facility to replace the current 3,000 sq. ft. shop.

Construction on the new retail space will begin in September pending approval by the city. The planning commission approved plans for the project during their Aug. 26 meeting.

To create the new building the access onto South Robert Trail will be moved 85 feet south. Then the new building will be constructed in a two phase process. City planner Eric Zweber said the current shop will remain open while the new retail space is constructed.

First, the new access onto Highway 3 will be built and the southern portion of the new building, including the store’s main entrance, will be constructed. Zweber said the new building will meet the city’s downtown building standards including a 75 percent brick façade.

Throughout the first phase of construction, customers will have to access the shop via the Lower 147th Street and Burma Avenue entrance.

After the first phase is complete the current shop will be demolished and the second phase of construction will connect the new building with the existing warehouse. Zweber said customers will be able to use new Highway 3 and the Burma Avenue entrances during the second phase of construction.

The current retail store was built in 1984. The store offers pet supplies, lawn and garden materials and farming goods. Fluegel’s operates a greenhouse during the summer months.

Fluegel’s is one of the oldest businesses in Rosemount. Leo J. Fluegel started operating the grain elevator in 1927. Kim Fluegel said a fourth generation of Fluegel now works in the store.

The Fluegel family continues to operate the elevator. Kim said those operations will not be impacted by the construction of the new retail facility.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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