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Office design store sets up shop in DL

Hannaher's in Detroit Lakes will be managed by Peggy Akers. DL NEWSPAPERS/Paula Quam

A Fargo-based officer furniture store is jumping down the highway and onto the downtown streets of Detroit Lakes.

Hannaher’s Inc. opened up last month at 920 Washington Avenue, in the old Lake Mortgage location.

The business, which has been in existence since 1939 (and owned by the Hannaher family since 1959), already has a location in Fargo known as Hannaher’s Inc. and one in Grand Forks called Gaffney’s.

Paul Hannaher is the owner of all three locations, and says the move into Detroit Lakes was due to demand.

“We’ve always been active in this area,” he said. “We have several customers in the region, but it’s often times hard to get samples to customers or have customers come to Fargo to look at things…and just getting a presence in the market allows us to better serve the community that supports us.”

Hannaher says having a store in Detroit Lakes will also allow the office design company the opportunity to stretch its reach out by about another 60 miles to the east.

“This is a working showroom,” said Store Manager Peggy Akers. “We always can joke that anything is for sale that’s sitting in here.”

Sitting there is a variety of desk set-ups, a cubicle display, office chairs and other office-related furniture.

But the real idea is for people to come in, take a look at a few sample items Hannaher’s offers, and then to dig into the many catalogues and brochures that they can choose from.

“I can get this chair in 45 different colors and six different arm options,” said Hannaher, who says although they sell a variety of quality products, about 80 percent of the items they carry come from Steelcase, the largest manufacturer of office furniture.

Hannaher’s, which is a furniture dealer, has also been involved with a franchise called Office Furniture USA for the past 16 years.

They are charged with delivering damage-free product to Hannaher’s from various manufacturers.

“From the time we place an order, it usually takes about two weeks, sometimes four depending on the manufacturer,” said Hannaher.

Having access to such an array of products means Hannaher employees can help local businesses customize their spaces to exactly their needs.

“I go out to different customers and see what their needs are,” said Akers. “If we need to measure things or draw their layout, our designers are based in Fargo, but they do come out on appointments with us as well. We can gauge our design team as much or as little as needed.”

And gone are the days when office furniture simply meant desks and chairs.

Hannaher’s offers the complete look – from flooring to wall coverings to window treatments and everything in between.

“We do vinyl coverings and laminate options (for floors), but the bulk of what we do for commercial companies is carpet tiles,” said Akers. “We have a product called ‘walk off’, which is geared to help remove the dirt and grime from your shoes before you get to the rest of your carpet… and so it depends on what customer needs and how much they need us to get involved in their project.”

Akers says wellness in the workplace has become a much broader focus that in the past, which has more and more businesses ordering things like height-adjustable desks.

Some are table-like desks that move up and down, others are desks with more sections that just has one section that raises, giving workers the option to either sit down or stand up while working.

“And so if you have a mount for your computer, that can go up and down with it,” said Akers, who says she’s set up a couple of these types of desks for customers in the Detroit Lakes area. “And we’ve gotten really great feedback from them,” she said, adding that they can also be set up in cubicles.

In fact, for workers who want to take it to the next level, Hannaher’s also offers what is called a walk station, which is essentially a high desk and computer area set up in front of a treadmill that goes no faster than two-miles per hour.

“It’s not meant for a workout, it’s just meant to get your blood going,” said Hannaher, who says the occupational therapy department in Essentia Health Detroit Lakes has one.

Hannaher says before moving into Detroit Lakes, he became very conscientious of the market, making sure that they wouldn’t disrupt anybody’s business here.

“Like office supply sales – we’re not really doing any of that here,” he said. “We’re just happy to be here; we think it’s a great opportunity for us, and we’ve had a lot of great feedback from the community so far.”

Hannaher’s will have store hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but will running with more flexibility than that.

Because Akers will be going into officers for consultation, she will at times be locking the doors during those appointments.

“When that happens, I’ll be leaving a sign on the door with my phone number because if I am in town doing a visit, I don’t want to miss people coming from out of town,” said Akers, who, if needed, can also be made available for appointments on evenings and Saturdays.

Hannaher’s will be hosting a grand opening event with a ribbon cutting and open house on June 19 from 3-5 p.m.

For more information, call 218-844-4570 or 701-866-8638.

Paula Quam

Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.

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