Mark Nepple, manager of the Carroll Bomgaars Store, holds a drawing of the floor plan of their new location inside the former Kmart building. The move is planned for later this tall and will allow Bomgaars to expand from 21,000 sq. ft. to 96,000 sq. ft.
Mark Nepple, manager of the Carroll Bomgaars Store, holds a drawing of the floor plan of their new location inside the former Kmart building. The move is planned for later this tall and will allow Bomgaars to expand from 21,000 sq. ft. to 96,000 sq. ft.

August 3, 2017

Bomgaars Supply, a family-owned farm, clothing and home-store operation, has purchased the recently closed Kmart in Carroll and plans to move its business there as soon as possible, Carroll Bomgaars store manager Mark Nepple said.

The move — announced just weeks after the local Kmart shuttering — will more than quadruple the size of Bomgaars in Carroll as the current location, 1722 Radiant Road, just south of U.S. 30 West, is 21,000 square feet. The former Kmart, 715 U.S. 30 West, is 96,000 square feet.

“Pretty much every department will grow,” Nepple said. “Clothing will be just a huge expansion.”

Nepple said Bomgaars officials would be meeting with contractors today to iron out plans for redevelopment of the property and establish a timeline for moving and opening. Nepple said Bomgaars would be closed but a few days during the transition.

The store now employs 40 people.

“I fully expect to hire quite a few more part-time people, and at least two full-time people,” Nepple said.

The new Bomgaars will be one of the larger stores in Sioux City-based chain.

Bomgaars is a family-owned and operated supplier with 81 stores in Iowa, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming, employing approximately 2,400 people.

Nepple said he is eager for what he expects will be a customer-traffic boost with the proximity to Hy-Vee store, which is positioned just to the west of the former Kmart and will share a large parking lot with Bomgaars.

“I’ve talked to the Hy-Vee guys, and they are ecstatic about having us down there,” Nepple said.

Brad Auge, store director at the Carroll Hy-Vee, applauded the Bomgaars announcement.

“I’m extremely excited to have Bomgaars fill the space that’s been vacated by Kmart,” Auge said.

Auge said he’s already had initial discussions with Bomgaars on partnership opportunities.

Big picture, Auge said Bomgaars’ relocation will boost all businesses in downtown Carroll and provide confidence to potential local and outside business investors by showing them that “when one door in Carroll closes, another opens” quickly.

Kmart closed its Carroll store July 16.

Carroll’s Bomgaars store nearly doubled its size in 2007. Bomgaars then had a 10,500-square-foot facility and added another 9,000 square feet.

Nepple said the decision of the Sioux City-based business to expand then and now stems from continued strong sales in Carroll and the belief that the city is becoming even more of a regional shopping center.

Bomgaars officials have said one of the reasons for the Carroll store’s success is strong management from Nepple, who has been at the helm here since March 2001 when Bomgaars opened in the old Country General Store on U.S. 30 West. He had been the manager of that store as well.

Bomgaars opened in Carroll in the winter of 2001 with a new but simple philosophy: more merchandise means more sales.

No information on the sale of the Kmart property is detailed in county records at this point.

Nepple said he expects the existing Bomgaars store will be on the real-estate market soon.