Archive for Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Local vet, cabinet shop moving to Urban Hess

July 2, 2002

Urban Hess Business Park soon could be the new home for two companies.

Smith Veterinary Clinic is planning to move from its U.S. Highway 24-40 location to the park. And Custom Woodwork, Basehor, which is owned by Dave Purcell, also will construct a new building in the park.

The addition of these two businesses will bring to six in the park, which is near Leavenworth County Road 5 and Laming Road.

"We're ready to go," Purcell said. "We're just getting our ducks in a row. We're excited."

He said Custom Woodwork plans to construct a 10,000-square-foot metal building, along with a 1,200-square-foot showroom. The building will be built on nearly two acres, east of Countryside Garden Center.

"We're going to try to make it really nice," he said.

In the showroom, Purcell plans to display four or five kitchens.

"Our specialty is custom cabinets," he said.

The company also constructs other furniture, including entertainment centers and pool tables. The company works with builders and offers retail sales to homeowners.

Custom Woodwork formerly was Lustig Custom Cabinets, before Purcell purchased it about nine months ago. Purcell has owned Purcell Homes for about six years.

"We hope within the next 30 days construction will start on the building," Purcell said. "Three months later, we should be up and running. Our showroom might not be quite finished, but it will be pretty close."

Currently, Purcell's workforce of 19 shift between the Custom Woodwork and Purcell Homes. He's hopeful he can grow Custom Woodwork enough to add workers.

"We think for the first year, we probably won't, but with the way Tonganoxie's growing, we think we'll need to bring on more people," he said.

Vickie Smith, veterinarian, said she had hoped to relocate her clinic to Urban Hess by Christmas, but said that may be slightly delayed while she awaits approval of her site plan. Since July 1997, Smith's clinic has been housed at 1205 U.S. Highway 24-40, in a building owned by Bill and Kathy Graveman.

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