A Minnesota couple hope to soon put their custom cabinets on display in the Med City in their first remote showroom.
Troy and Jo Eiden, who own Modern Design cabinets in Cologne, Minn., recently signed a four-year lease for an almost 2,100-square-foot space at 30 25th St. SE in Rochester's Broadway Commons area. That’s about one-third of the building anchored by DaVita Kidney Care, behind the Thirsty Belgian bar and grill.
Work has already started to turn the space into a showroom for Modern Design’s custom residential and commercial cabinets. They hope to have it ready to open to the public by the end of summer.
This will be the almost 30-year-old company’s first remote showroom location. Why choose Rochester?
‘We’re hoping to hit a different market. We have worked with a couple home builders down there, but we think we can do more.” said Troy Eiden. “Being able to touch and feel our cabinets is how we sell our products. Once they see it and then touch it, I feel we’ll have an advantage over other competitors outside of town.”
Another element that made Rochester attractive is that Modern Design has long worked closely with Cambria countertops, which has a large presence in the Med City.
Jo Eiden said their company has about 50 people on staff and they hope to hire a team of four or five for the Rochester showroom. Her husband said that right now they are looking to hire a key position, a project manager with drafting skills.
The pair had been looking for the right spot in the Med City for a few months.
The Eidens were represented by Rochester Realtor Patrick Sexton of Paramark Real Estate Services. Realtors Leigh Ann Peltoma and Barb Phelps from Rochester’s Titan360 commercial real estate office and Jesseka Doherty from MidAmerica Group represented the landlord in the deal.