By Michael Buhler
The former Harbour Home Hardware building has new owners, and soon may have several new occupants.
The building was purchased Jan. 31 by Jeff and Katie Erker of Conway Springs, and they plan to create office spaces in the building for local businesses.
“I thought about making it back into a hardware store, but I found it was not feasible,” Jeff said. “So I decided to put some office space in there to bring back some business on Main Street.”
Jeff said that the front half of the building will be used for office space, while he intends to keep the back half for storage.
Jeff also said that the building has its first tenant.
“I have a repair shop here in town,” Jeff said. “I work on the former owners’ vehicles, and I got to talking to them one day and told them that I hated to see their building empty. We negotiated and I put feelers out for potential tenants, and I heard from Molly Fisher, who sells insurance in Conway.”
According to Jeff, Fisher’s insurance business is getting one-third of the office space, while the other two-thirds still is available. He said that he will build it to suit the tenants’ desires.
One major positive of the Erkers’ plans to convert the building into office space is the potential it has to bring added business to the heart of Conway Springs.
“The more people that do business in town, the more people that spend money in town,” Jeff said. “Plus it employs people. I’ve spent time on the city council in Conway Springs and I’ve encouraged local business. With the economy these days, any business is good business.”
Jeff cited the example of Fisher, who is the building’s first tenant.
“When Molly came in the other day, she came into town to get a bank account,” Erker said. “She hasn’t even opened her business yet, and she’s already doing business here in town. That just shows my point.”
||The former home of Harbour Home Hardware has been purchased by Jeff and Katie Erker and is being converted into office space for businesses in Conway Springs.