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Main Street McGregors moving in

McGregors employees Stacey Jones and Jack Jones bring a mattress into the Main Street location on Tuesday. The long-time Marshalltown furniture store is moving items from the temporary Marshalltown Mall location and into the Main Street facility.

Trucks are coming and going on Main Street as McGregors Furniture and Mattress returns home.

On Tuesday morning, delivery trucks filled with mattresses, box springs, bed frames and more pulled in front of and behind the Main Street location. Workers from McGregors locations in Marshalltown, Waterloo and Ottumwa began unloading the items and moving them into the store.

Kayla Giesking, the assistant manager in charge of the move, directed where the items would be placed in the multi-level store and plans to have the Main Street location open by Saturday.

“Everything should be in and set up by this weekend,” she said. “It will be so nice to be here, to have our store back.”

McGregors sustained damage from the 2018 tornado and the business relocated temporarily to the Marshalltown Mall. Since then, a lot of work has been done to the Main Street store to prepare for the return and to create a better shopping experience for customers.

“We took people’s complaints on the way this store was before and we improved it,” Giesking said. “We have better lighting. We opened up the windows. It is a lot more open here.”

The decision was made to move into the old location as soon as possible following the completion of building repairs. Giesking said cleaning also had to be done after the Aug. 10 derecho.

“We had to plan for it and make sure the other stores could come help,” she said. “We wanted to get back in here. We did not want to wait any longer.”

Giesking said the last couple days, some boxes were seen at the Marshalltown Mall location, and some customers were curious as to what was happening. When they learned McGregors was in the process of moving back home, she said they decided to wait on their furniture purchases until after the move is complete.

New items will be unveiled in the Main Street store after opening. Giesking said some furniture arrived after the announcement the original store was finished, so the decision was made to keep them in storage and display them on Main Street.

“Everyone is so excited,” Giesking said. “Some of our new employees were not here before, so it will be a new experience for all. I really love it here. It is so open compared to the mall.”

Contact Lana Bradstream at 641-753-6611 or lbradstream@timesrepublican.com.

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