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A local business recently announced its plans to move into the old Bomgaars Supply store located along west 23rd Street.

On March 7, Doug Romshek with River Valley Realty closed the deal with Foreman Lumber & Construction owners Craig and Benjamin Foreman. Their new building, 3920 23rd. St, will soon be in the process of transforming itself into a location for the lumber supplier and general contractor to call home.

The business is a full-service lumber company that offers all aspect of building materials and hardware. In addition to lumber services, Foreman Lumber also provides construction services ranging from handyman work to custom-built homes, along with light commercial construction.

In 2006, the organization was honored by receiving the distinction as the Columbus Power & Progress Small Business of the Year. One notable project in Columbus the business handled was serving as a contractor for work competed at 33rd Avenue’s Bank of the Valley.

The new move was something the Foremans discussed at length before finally pulling the trigger.

“We’ve discussed it over the last couple of years, we also looked at building from scratch, but we never found a fit we truly liked until this (opportunity) came up,” Craig Foreman said. “… It’s a little closer in town and it’s also a better fit for foot traffic, it will give us a much larger showroom to expand.

“We are going to (have) about 7,000 square feet of showroom to show more cabinets, doors, stuff like that. It will have more of a design center feel to it.”

Though a specific time frame for opening wasn’t provided, Foreman noted that a separate storage structure will be erected on the property to house lumber. A permit has been submitted to the city, he said.

Foreman Lumber & Construction was founded in 1952 by the Foremans' grandfather, before eventually being taken over by their father and ultimately, the two brothers.

In late January, Bomgaars officially opened shop at 3620 23rd St., which was the previous site of the old Walmart store before its move out to the east side of town.

The new Bomgaars site offered the business a way to increase its inventory and employ more people – it was a solid move, store manager Dan Woulfe previously said.

This move, too, should also pay dividends, Romshek noted.

“They are kind of out there in the dark now,” Romshek said. “This will be a big improvement for their locality with people just being able to find them.”

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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