RONCEVERTE W.Va. (WVDN) – The old Rexall Drugstore in Ronceverte is about to get an overhaul that will include drastic improvements to the old building that is located right in the heart of downtown.
Let’s call it the “Rexall Overhaul.”
Seriously though, Shane Wagner and Danielle Yorgy, who live in Colorado, bought the old building that sits near Rudy’s and used to be the home of the pawn shop, and the two have big plans for the space.
There is a ton of room as the building looks much larger on the inside than it does on the outside. There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but the couple is willing to do it and eager to get started.
“The upstairs is apartments,” Danielle said.
“We’re going to fix up some structural stuff that needs done in the back and then we’re going to fix up the apartments and get those livable and rented,” she added.
With all the space at the bottom of the building, she sees several different options.
“So, we are going to rent those (the apartments) and then down here we might do like an Airbnb for those too, and I think we will have some available for when we come to visit so then we can use it,” Danielle said.
“There are also three commercial spaces here too. We may lease those out for local businesses or maybe start a business of our own,” she continued.
When asked if there were any thoughts on what that self-business would be, Danielle had some nice ideas.
“Maybe like a coffee shop, a local wellness center, we have lots of ideas,” Danielle said with a laugh.
“We may try to do a bed and breakfast kind of feel so when you open up, there will be steps to come down to kind of like a lobby area and then you have the six or more units upstairs and this (downstairs) would be a good little meeting space and can do the coffee shop type thing. We do have a lot of ideas,” Shane agreed.
The estimated time of completion is still up in the air, but the family is hoping to get it done sooner rather than later.
“It’s a big project,” Danielle said.
“We are hoping to have the apartments ready by the end of the summer (2024) so we’re going to get the structural stuff taken care of in the spring, so the apartments are first.”
The couple wants to completely redo the back of the building and put in new cabinets, floors, countertops, and some fixtures.
“It will look pretty good overall upstairs,” Shane stated.
The project seems as if it will be well worth the wait and to make things a little easier is the experience Shane already has.
“I’m a builder in Colorado, so I do a lot of remodels so this will just be another one,” Shane said.
The WVDN will check in with Shane and Danielle in a few months and update everyone on the progress they have made on their new business venture.
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