HUMBOLDT — Humboldt’s Peavey Mart celebrated the completion of a multi-million expansion with a twist on the old ribbon-cutting ceremony – a barbed wire-cutting ceremony.
“It's exciting, because there's a long tradition in Humboldt,” said David Simmonds, a senior vice-president with Peavey Mart. “We've been part of the community for 50 years.”
The building has been around since 1968. The renovation, which started more than a year ago, expanded retail and warehouse space, paved the parking lot and the lumber yard, and upgraded the building to environmentally friendly standards.
“It’s the first time we've tackled a project like this, where we've taken about a year because we had to continue to operate at the same time we were going through this and so instead of shutting down, we were transforming the building and adding on and going through that process,” Simmonds said after the May 10 ceremony.
Rob Muench, Humboldt’s mayor, said he’s pleased to see the expansion.
“It's another signal for the community that we're growing and it gives people in Humboldt another opportunity to shop locally,” he said. “We've been pushing that the last while, to remind people that it's a good idea to shop local because it supports your community and it keeps the money in our community.”