Hemlock Cottage won’t close after agreement is signed

By Kelsey Leyva - kleyva@civitasmedia.com

Concerns that Hemlock Cottage Furniture in Wellington would close can be laid to rest.

Business owner Blair Hodgson took down the “store closing” sign after an agreement was reached with Wellington Investment Properties, the building’s landlord.

“We’ve made arrangements with the owner to stay,” he said. “He’s addressing our problems, so it looks like we’re going to be here a while.”

The sign was placed outside the store in June when leaky floors, ceilings, and walls were creating problems for the business.

The landlord made attempts to improve the situation in the past, but Hodgson said it only seemed to make the problem worse. He’s hopeful the leaks will be eliminated this time.

Jim Tweardy of Wellington Investment said minor repairs to the building will start soon.

“It is an older building and we are doing some improvements to it,” he said. “We’re making some repairs to the roof but that’s basically the extent of it.”

Tweardy didn’t have an estimate of how much the repairs will cost.

Hodgson said he’s working on a lease agreement with Wellington Investment and is happy to be able to stay in the village.

“We didn’t want to leave Wellington and there was nothing here that we could possibly use,” he said. “I’m thrilled and so are our customers. They’re so happy.”

Tweardy is also pleased the furniture store is staying: “They’ve been part of the community for more than 10 years now,” he said.

Hodgson and his wife Carole are now focused on the future.

“We’re looking to make improvements in the store and expand lines and do a lot of things we were holding back on,” he said. “We didn’t want to retire and we didn’t want to leave and it’s worked out.”

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelesyLeyva on Twitter.

By Kelsey Leyva