Midwest retailer Theisen's Home•Farm•Auto is making its entrance into the Quad-City market in a big way.
After months of construction and renovation, the Dubuque-based chain is unveiling a new 110,000-square-foot Theisen's store on Davenport's Brady Street corridor. Pronounced "Ty-sens", the new store is located at 3808 Brady St. in the former Kmart shopping complex that also previously housed Hancock Fabrics and an rent-to-own Aaron's store.
"This is our largest store now," store manager Jim Gabel said during a store tour. "It was Coralville."
The store had a soft opening about 4:30 p.m Tuesday and re-opens today at 7 a.m.
Theisen's will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. today with the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce. The company also will announce nearly $50,000 in grants to 21 not-for-profit organizations during the festivities.
According to Gabel, the Quad-Cities has been on the Dubuque company's radar for some time. "It was just a matter of the right opportunity. They were looking for the right time, and looking for the right property."
Although the Quad-City market is more metropolitan than other Theisen's are located in, Gabel said the store's inventory is very similar to its other stores. "In some communities, we're more of a farm store. We'll have the same farm offerings as we do in our other stores, but not as deep of inventory," he said.
The store does carry items for the hobby farmer, including animal feed, equipment and supplies as well as baby chicks, rabbits and bees.
It also offers a Stihl equipment and servicing center as part of lawn and garden department as well as hardware and paint, sporting goods for the outdoorsman, an extensive pet department, household items, gifts and clothing and footwear. Its apparel includes outdoor work clothing as well as western clothing for men and women.
An expanded automotive center has eight service bays, six of which are dedicated to automotive work. The other will handle small engine repair.
"We used to just be tires, batteries and oil changes," Gabel said, adding that the company has expanded into 44 other services, including under-car services such as alignments and brakes.
The Davenport store also is becoming the first Theisen's to carry beer and wine in its limited grocery section.
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The fourth-generation, family-owned company, founded in Dubuque in 1927, has been entering more metropolitan markets in recent years. With the new Davenport store, it now operates 23 stores across Iowa and Wisconsin. Its corporate headquarters and warehouse are in Dubuque.
Theisen Real Estate LLC acquired the retail center in 2015 for $2.95 million. The remodeling project was completed by Epic Construction of Kieler, Wisconsin, which builds all of Theisen's projects.
The Davenport store will create 150 full-time and part-time jobs, of which about 130 have been filled, Gabel said.
Store hours are 7 a.m to 9 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The main telephone number is 563-386-3310.
Theisen's employs more than 1,000 people across the company. It's closest stores are in Tipton, DeWitt and Coralville, Iowa.