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New business plaza in Osakis seeks tenants

The interior of the old lumber yard building in Osakis has been completely renovated. (Contributed)1 / 3
A new business plaza owned by Marc Moen is ready for tenants. The first business, Prestige Rustics, plans to open in May. (Contributed) 2 / 3
This is what the old Osakis lumber yard building looked like before it was remodeled by Marc Moen. (Contributed)3 / 3

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.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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