BTU holding community celebration

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By The Staff

After months of renovations, BTU Do it Center is inviting the community to visit the store this weekend and take part in its grand re-opening.

Those who attend can register to win a $1,000 shopping spree, said store owner Wayne Sonchar. The drawing for that shopping spree will be Saturday afternoon. The winner need not be present to claim the prize.

Sonchar said there will be a lot of other drawings for everything from tools to a chainsaw. People will need to be present to win those prizes.

The festivities begin with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Hotdogs and cokes will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A chainsaw carving will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Renovations to the store have been under way since July.

“We just felt there was a need to renovate, to modernize,” Sonchar said. He said the process started last year with a customer survey.

He said they used those survey responses to figure out how to better serve their customers.

The store has received a major facelift.

“There is nothing in the store that is where it was a few months ago,” Sonchar said. He said the store managed to remain open throughout the renovation.

It’s not the first time the store has undergone major construction. In March 2005, the roof collapsed after a major snow storm.

“We never missed a day of business,” Sonchar said, crediting his employees.

Besides the facelift, Sonchar said the store has broadened its product mix significantly, adding many more products for customers, inkling a new paint line, home decor products and expand electrical and pumping departments. He said its STIHL line of chainsaws is almost like a store within a store.

The Sonchar family has been running BTU Do It Center for 330 years, although there has been a store in the same spot since 1951.

“We just want to thank the community for supporting us all these years,” Sonchar said. “Come in and see us. We’re locally owned, We’re locally owned and involved in lots of things within our community.”

The store held a contractor appreciation event Wednesday night, Sonchar said.