Window World expands


Window World staff stand in front of their new location on Highway 36 in North St. Paul, which the company plans to remodel and expand. (file photo)

After moving to the former Ace Hardware building on Highway 36, Window World is expanding the shop.

 The North St. Paul City Council, at its July 2 meeting, approved a request from Window World owner Mary Derosier to improve and build an addition to the existing building. The city also approved Window World’s plan to connect to its operations the former EZ Riding Site on McKnight Road North. 

Work on the residential window installation shop would be done in two phases. The first phase will be improvements to the building, which will include remodeling the space for offices and showrooms, according to city staff. Also, some asphalt would also be replaced with landscaping. 

The second phase will involved the incorporation of the former EZ Riding site. 

Derosier and Window World also requested more signage than what is allowed in city ordinance. Since the reconstruction of the freeway, the Window World pylon sign is not visible from Highway 36. 

Derosier said the sign would need to be raised 10 feet for optimal visibility from the highway. 

“Has anyone given any consideration of what that will block?” asked councilmember Jan Walczak. 

Derosier said, depending on the direction one is approaching, the line of signs along the freeway, including China Chef and Merle’s Water Conditioning, all block one another.

“Having our sign a little higher actually helps with visibility for the other places,” said Derosier. 

Staff noted the extra signage, including the sign on the building, would exceed the amount of sign the city allows by over 20 feet. But the planning commission supported the ordinance deviation and the council agreed. 

The Window World franchise owned by Derosier, as it’s grown, has moved to different locations throughout the city and is looking to make their new location a more permanent home. 

“Thank you for staying in our town,” said Mayor Terry Furlong to Derosier. 

 

—Solomon Gustavo

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