No decisions have been made on the future of Consumer Supply in Storm Lake after a fire last week destoyed the company's building and associated warehouses that housed or served as storage for a dozen other businesses.
According to owner Jim Bauer, rumors that he has purchased the former Wal-Mart building under development by Iowa Office Solution are untrue.
"We looked at the building just to see if it could be a possibility, but if we did anything, it would be to rent, not to buy that building," Bauer said this week. He said there are very few available buildings that could house such a business.
No decisions have been made on a possible new location for the building - or the possibility of rebuilding, which has not been ruled out at this time. Bauer said he is keeping options open, and hopes to see the company remain a part of the Storm Lake community. He hopes to have a decision made within a few weeks.
Meanwhile, Bauer said he expects his 15-20 workers to find other jobs, which will probably leave Consumer Supply to start over in finding and training a workforce.
"They have families to feed, and there is no quick solution here. Even if we rebuild, it would take about six months to do, and all of the tenant businesses will have moved on to other locations by then," Bauer said. Tasler Palet has relocated its operation out of town for now.
"All we can do is look at all options and stay positive and hope to move forward," Bauer said. Storm Lake is a town that is really on the move, we are still very enthused about Storm Lake and we have to just be thankful that nobody lost their lives in this terrible fire."