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True Value, a business that was once on the town square, has relocated! The new store, Gilbert True Value, is a subsidiary of Gilbert Home Comfort.
This True Value is a new model of store, called Destination True Value. This store has a blend of ranch and farm flair in order to better serve the community and its needs. This True Value is also the first True Value in the country to be "net zero," meaning there are no electricity or gas costs. The store uses the most efficient methods to keep these costs out, such as spray foam insulation and solar power.
Gilbert's True Value has a wide range of products, such as plumbing, hardware, lawn and garden, houseware, cleaning supplies, patio furniture, automotive, fencing materials, and animal. Many of the products are showcased in the store.
Joe Audlehelm, a Central Decatur high school graduate and son of Gary and Rita Audlehelm of Van Wert, is the Store Manager of Gilbert's True Value. Damon Boyd, previous owner of Leon True Value is the General Manager of Gilbert Home Comfort. Boyd owned and operated the Leon True Value on the NW corner of the Leon square for nine years.
Gilbert's True Value, located at 19563 US Hwy 69, north of Leon, opened May 11, with the decision of the location being chosen, in order to provide a larger, more modern store.
Boyd hopes that the store will bring more people to the area to shop, which will also benefit other businesses. If the store doesn't have something a customer wants, they can be directed to another store that would have the products.
To put this in perspective, Boyd explained - take a simple lemonade stand. A small purchase at that lemonade stand could branch into more purchases throughout the community as the consumer buys more while they are there. With any business, no matter the size, it is equally important to have it close to home. Keeping rural America going is getting people to come and buy.
"We feel like we've spent a lot of time and market research to get the right store for the area," Boyd said.
The store owners and operators understand the importance in customer service, and they shared that there is more to come down the road in order to help the customer's experience.
The business hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday. The phone number is 641-446-8258.
By Alex Foltz
The Leon Journal-Reporter