December 2, 2021

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Douglas County Residence Heart in Alexandria closes following approximately 44 yrs in business enterprise

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Although it was a tough alternative, Johnson, a 1974 Alexandria graduate, mentioned this past summer months and into tumble – in the course of the height of the coronavirus pandemic – it experienced turn out to be extremely difficult to get products and continue to keep up an inventory. Goods that were being really hard to get incorporated not only taken care of lumber, decking elements or shingles, but warm tubs and spas, as well, as he was an licensed HotSpring Spa seller.

“In Oct, when purchasing a spa, I was explained to it wouldn’t be available until eventually the initially quarter of 2022,” mentioned Johnson. “I was worn out of combating and missing so quite a few initiatives due to the fact I could not get the merchandise. Additionally, I was inside of four months of turning 65. It was time to be completed.”

And despite the fact that the doors are officially shut, Johnson stated right until most of his product or service is gone, clients can call for an appointment.


Douglas County Household Middle, on Freeway 29 North in the vicinity of the North McDonalds, initially opened its doors in Garfield and was known as Douglas County Lumber.

“I would have been celebrating 44 years in business enterprise,” stated Johnson.

Increasing up, Johnson had a enthusiasm for working with wooden and as he bought more mature, became fascinated in drafting and his passion leaned far more towards architect operate.

“Our farm everyday living could not manage to ship me to higher education, so I centered on developing and development operate,” explained Johnson.

Following graduation, he finished up in the state of Washington aiding a friend construct a household. Afterward, he was drawn back to Minnesota and started off work with a contractor. Whilst shingling a roof in January, a good friend he was working with outlined that they ought to be selling supplies as an alternative of putting in.

And that’s what received the ball rolling and in advance of long, on some land he secured from his father, Johnson opened up Douglas County Lumber three miles north of Garfield. When he outgrew that locale, he moved to a diverse and more substantial site south of Garfield.

On Nov. 29, 1986, Johnson missing anything.

“A disgruntled worker burned it all down,” he stated.

Immediately after the fireplace, a male he knew handed him a e book with a note that read, “Great items and better people today occur out and up from the ashes.”

He was motivated by that and has never ever forgotten it.

And in December 1986, he reopened at his latest locale on Freeway 29 North.

Shortly right after reopening his enterprise in Alexandria, Johnson determined to start promoting warm tubs and spas and grew to become a HotSpring Spa supplier.

He named it a reward and at some point transformed the title of his organization from Douglas County Lumber to Douglas County House Heart.

The shift to come to be a spa seller, he reported, was since of his customers. Several residence enhancement assignments above the decades involved folks adding a very hot tub, sauna, pool or spa and that it designed feeling to grow to be a dealer.
“It’s (spas and the like) are part of the design system and enterprise,” he explained. “Not all people recognized that, but I did. We had been nevertheless Douglas County Lumber, but we ended up far more than that and that is why we modified to Douglas County Home Center.”

Johnson stated his scorching tub enterprise flourished and is what stored his business enterprise likely, which is why it was this kind of a reward.

Throughout the pandemic, house improvement tasks ended up flourishing and the desire was there, but ultimately the item wasn’t, which includes his incredibly hot tubs.

“I met my match and I tagged out,” he said. “But following almost 44 yrs, I am not humiliated. It was a very good lengthy haul.”

And now that he is retired, in addition to spending time in his own incredibly hot tub, Johnson said he has a extended listing of his individual initiatives he plans to operate on. Plus, he designs to commit a good deal of time searching and fishing.

He reported there were being those who mentioned he would never ever make it, but that there had been lots of more who stated he would.

“Those ended up my clients, many of whom became good friends,” he mentioned. “And I want to thank all of them for their organization.”

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