An expanded showroom, new facade and wine tasting room are part of A&B Business Solutions' plans for their downtown building.
A&B, at 108 S. Main St., is expanding into a vacant building next door to the south.
Dennis Aanenson, A&B Business Solutions CEO, said the office expansion provides multiple opportunities.
He said it will allow A&B to enlarge its showroom for office furniture and equipment, copiers, scanners and printers. The service department will be moved to the back of the buildings. Large doorways are being made to connect the two buildings. The interiors of both spaces are being remodeled including the basement of the new building.
The basement is where a wine tasting room will be.
In addition to selling office equipment and supplies, the Sioux Falls-based A&B owns a liquor distributorship called Cask and Cork.
Clients of Cask and Cork, such as buyers from stores, restaurants and bars, will be invited to wine seminars in the room, he said. Because Cask and Cork is a wholesaler, wine tasting is not offered to the general public, he said.
We will be introducing our clients to wines from small vineyards, Aanenson said. We will have video conference capabilities. Our clients can watch a wine expert from Italy or another part of the world talk about wines.
Aanenson said six employees work for Cask and Cork and that Aberdeen has been serviced by a salesperson from Sioux Falls. That will change.
We plan to hire an employee who has a passion for wines to work in Aberdeen, he said.
A&B Business Solutions purchased the vacant building from Tom Aman on Jan. 1. A&B opened for business here after purchasing the Office Equipment Company in September.
In addition to remodeling the interior, the company has received a $6,000 grant from the Aberdeen Downtown Association to restore the building's facade. An architect has made recommendations on how to return the exterior to its original state, Aanenson said.
We are excited about being downtown, he said. We will give the exterior a face-lift.
Most of the work on the facade will begin this summer, he said.