Lyle’s work ethic and attention to detail are already evident throughout the building. Here he is, standing in front of lumber he has milled at his own lumber mill. The tongue and groove boards feature a rustic finish and will be used to wrap the posts on the main floor of the new store.
Drive by the former JCPenney building in Thief River Falls, MN, any day of the week and you are likely to see the lights on and a crew of carpenters with Lyle Larson at the helm, working hard on renovating the building. This will be the fourth Ronnings store for Lyle, who also has stores in Roseau, Baudette, and International Falls.
Lyle owns the building, together with his son, Garrett. Improvements they are making include energy efficient lighting throughout, new flooring, new store fixtures, new dressing rooms, renovated bathrooms, and new windows and doors, as well as additional improvements to the interior and exterior of the building. Both the main floor and lower level will be filled with inventory from floor to ceiling. The store will offer premium name brand clothing and footwear for the family, including FXR, Nike, Under Armour, Yeti, Carhartt, Sorel, Columbia, Keen, Merrell, The North Face, Muck, Bog, and Z-Supply.
Lyle is a hands-on person and directly involved with the renovations. Lyle has his own lumber mill and has milled some of the lumber that will be used inside the store to create a rustic feel. He is enthusiastic about opening in the community and says that he hopes to be open for business later this summer.
Michelle Landsverk, Executive Director of Advance Thief River, and Lyle Larson, owner of Ronnings stores in Roseau, Baudette, International Falls, and later this summer–Thief River Falls.