IGA celebrates renovations

Adam Larck
Metamora IGA ribbon cutting.

Metamora’s IGA has finally completed its new look.

The renovations, which started last October, according to store manager Kurt Mennsen, has increased the size of the store greatly.

“Where the openings are in the wall, the side to the west was the original store; its 12,000 square feet,” Mennsen said. “What we added onto it was everything to the east, which was 12,600 square feet, so we more than doubled the size of the store.”

The store originally opened around 1973 when it was built so that the smaller store in front could be torn down.

“This is the first big renovation for the store,” Mennsen said.

The changes to the store can be immediately seen pulling up to the store, as the façade has been repainted with a new look.

Inside, a few departments have been moved around.

“We moved the deli department from the old part into the new part, the whole produce department moved from the old part in the new part,” he said. “After we got the new part done, then we moved those departments over and the dairy department also moved over.”

The produce department also expanded to allow for a bigger selection.

In the old part, Mennsen said that new fixtures were put in and that everything was virtually gutted. The meat department was also expanded.

So far, the reaction from the community has been great, he said, even when construction was going on.

“Our customers are great,” Mennsen said. “From the onset, when we started getting disruptive, it was kind of tough getting in here. We had scaffolding by the door. Our customers were great. They just accepted it and said, ‘Well, we know you have to do that and we’re just looking forward to the finished product.’”

While there is a bit more to be done behind the scenes, Mennsen said he loves the new look.

“All in all, I’m thrilled that we’ve done this and I’m thrilled that it’s just about done so I can get back to just selling groceries and doing business that the building was meant for,” he said.