Margie Robinson, owner of Century 21, agreed to sell her current office to help the community of Storm Lake. Even with preparing to move her business, she says she will miss the current office at 808 Lake Ave.
"This was the first office that I have owned and I've been here for seven years," Robinson said in an exclusive interview with the Pilot-Tribune.
Robinson is currently awaiting if her offer on the building sat 813 Flindt Drive, formerly the Blue Lagoon and later Hot Shots, will be accepted.
If the deal does go through, there will be considerable remodeling done to transform it into office space.
"We will be removing all the bars and poles, we won't even leave one up for humor," Robinson added with a laugh about the former exotic dance theater, which has now been closed.
Robinson will miss being able to walk to the downtown area but also acknowledges that she did need more space.
She agreed to sell her office to a broker make way for a new major downtown development, rumored but not announced to be a Walgreens store.
She and several other businesses in the block need to be out just after the new year. She hopes to the remodeling done and to move in during the week between Christmas and New Years Day.
"I have a very excellent team here and the move will give everyone more space and will make things comfortable," Robinson said. "We are all excited about moving."
If the deal is finalized, Robinson will also have another 1,000 square feet to rent and also see the benefits of the location.
"The location is good with visibility and we have plenty of parking space and it is a highly traveled area," she said.
If the deal goes through quickly, Robinson will work to get a floor plan out for bidding to get started on the interior of the project right away.
"We do have plans to remodel the outside but it would not be feasible with the current deadline," Robinson added.
"I'm 95 percent sure the deal will go through and when we move and get settled we will have a grand opening celebration."
With the possibility of moving into a new and larger office, Robinson could possible expand if desired.
"I currently do not have plans to expand my team but down the line it could be a possibility," Robinson said.
Ever since agreeing to sell, Robinson has been hearing rumors of where Century 21 offices were going to be.
"I had to laugh hearing where I was moving - rumors had us going here and then going there,," Robinson said with a chuckle. "The funniest one was that we were going to be in a van down by the river."