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Lofholm’s to become Forslund Building Supply

LOFHOLM’S BUILDING CENTER is changing hands. From left are brothers and former owners David Lofholm and Bob Lofholm; Bob’s wife, Cindy Lofholm; and Gus Forslund, president of Forslund Building Supply Inc., which also has stores in Ironwood and Caspian.

NORWAY — The former Lofholm’s Building Center has been sold and will reopen this spring under the Forslund Building Supply name.

The owners of Lofholm’s approached Forslund in October about taking over the business at 109 U.S. 2 in Norway, said Karla Semenak, controller for Forslund Building Supply Inc. Forslund also has stores in Ironwood and Caspian in the western Upper Peninsula, both under the same Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best retail co-op.

Brothers Bob and David Lofholm had decided to retire after 67 years in business, according to the Lofholm’s Facebook site.

The sale became final Jan. 31. The Norway store closed the next day for remodeling, with Do it Best coming in with a new layout for the 13,000 square feet of floor space, Semenak said.

“That’s a beautiful store; it’s huge,” Semenak said, adding it’s roughly twice the size of the Ironwood store. “I can’t wait to see it when it’s done.”

The store aims to reopen under the Forslund name by the end of April, with a new look and all new merchandise, she said, adding that existing inventory from Lofholm’s was sold before closing.

But the selection should be much the same, with a complete line of construction supplies and hardware, household products and building experts on hand to assist customers. They expect to add five to six new employees, full- and part-time, to the existing staff of about 10 at the Norway store.

While the store is temporarily closed, clients still can get supplies ordered through the Caspian store and delivered to Norway, Semenak said.

Forslund is a third-generation, family-owned business founded in 1950 by Carl and Lillian Forslund as a sawmill with a small retail sales office. Their son, Paul Forslund, remains involved part-time as vice president; his son, Gus Forslund, now is president of the business.

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