New business plaza in Osakis seeks tenants
New life is coming to the old lumber yard building in Osakis that has stood vacant for years.
Marc Moen, owner of Alexandria Auction Service, recently purchased the building, which is located across the street from the Armed Forces Memorial on County Road 3.
Moen has updated and remodeled the 10,000 square foot building that he plans to transform into a business plaza that could house a variety of commercial uses.
"I think it's a great spot for a drive-through coffee shop, a diner, a thrift or antiques store, or a surplus store or a service business," Moen said. "There's lots of room — four acres of land."
Moen added a new roof on the west side of the building, revamped the interior and put in new siding, windows and doors.
The first tenant of the building is "Prestige Rustics," which will open a storefront in early May, Moen said. It will offer new/old and repurposed furniture and decor.
Moen got the idea for the plaza after he was looking for space to expand his auction service but couldn't find what he wanted in Alexandria. He said the Osakis site fits the bill — affordable property and an excellent location with high visibility. An average of about 3,400 vehicles drive along the road every day, according to state traffic counts, Moen said.
"Before I bought it, I drove by it many times and then when it finally became available, I made an offer and got it," he said. "The city has been happy that there is something going in the building. It's the first thing people see when they come into town."
Moen said his goal is simple — re-purposing the building to meet the needs of small businesses. He added that he's excited to be part of the Osakis community.
Those interested in leasing a spot inside the new business plaza may contact Moen at 320-766-7218.