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D&J Home Hardware is making a little elbowroom in their store with an expansion that will have the store's main entrance facing Main Street for the first time

Mike McMillan of D&J Home Hardware stands in midst of the new addition that is currently under construction while holding the outline of what the Home Hardware store will look like front on once renovations are complete.

SPRINGHILL: D&J Home Hardware is making a little elbowroom in their store with an expansion that will have the store's main entrance facing Main Street for the first time once renovations are completed in May or June of 2008.
"The store has been becoming a little congested therefore land was purchased adjacent to the store then we were able to start the expansion process," Mike McMillan of D&J Home Hardware said.
"D&J Home Hardware first opened its doors in 1974 and with the business growing expansion was necessary. The plan is to have the existing part of the store remodeled into a showroom displaying things like appliances, windows, doors, kitchen cabinets, bathroom accessories, flooring and more," McMillan said.
McMillan estimates the renovations to be completed sometime in May or June 2008 depending on weather conditions.
"We had delays this week due to the storms we've had and today (Jan. 3) the temperature being as cold as it is the workers are working with the steel therefore it's too cold to be handling the steel for the outside wall structure," McMillan said.
The new addition to the hardware store will house a 30ft by 50ft receiving and paint area and another 50ft by 100ft main store area.
"I know it's a big move on our part and we do realize that taxes will go up with the completion of the addition, but we really wanted to keep the business going in Springhill in appreciation to our customers," McMillan said.
McMillan also said that once the new portion of the store is completed and up and running it will hopefully generate more jobs in the future.

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