A downtown Wapakoneta business is moving to a Bellefontaine Street location to gain more room.
“We were out of room downtown,” Homestretch Inc. Manager Kim Baumer said this week as work began on the exterior of the former King Buffet location at 1030 Bellefontaine St. “We had been looking for quite a while.”
They inquired several years ago about the possibility of purchasing the building which they were able to purchase last week.
Baumer said they are hoping to move from their location at 203 E. Auglaize St. to the new location by the end of the year — before Christmas if everything goes well.
Their hours, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, are expected to stay the same, as is their phone number and email address.
“At the new location, we’ll be able to expand quite a bit and be able to show everything we can do,” Baumer said.
She said the Bellefontaine Street location is three times the size of where they are now, allowing not only for more showroom space but more production space as well.
She said not only was the size and location a plus at the new building, but parking was, too, which had posed problems with the business on Auglaize Street.
“Parking and size were the two keys of moving,” Baumer said.
Homestretch Sportswear has been in business for 20 years at a St. Henry location, where a lot of the production had been done because of a lack of room. They opened a store in Wapakoneta 12 years ago.
Baumer said the new location also should allow them to add spirit wear for Waynesfield, Botkins and Anna. The store currently only has Wapakoneta attire in its showroom.
Homestretch does custom screen-print and embroidery, spirit sales, decals, banners and signs, and promotional items for schools, businesses and other organizations, as well as individuals.