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Home of Economy opens in Rugby

By Sue Sitter - | Sep 19, 2020

Sue Sitter/PCT Home of Economy opened its doors in Rugby Sept. 9.

Rugby’s Home of Economy store opened its doors Sept. 9 to a steady stream of customers eager to see the variety of items the North Dakota chain is famous for.

Shelves stocked with birdseed stood a few aisles down from racks of work clothing and gloves. Toward the front of the store, shoppers inspected two rows of barbecue grills, one row devoted to Traeger wood pellet grills often touted in Home of Economy ads.

One corner of the approximately 30,000-square-foot building featured several national brands of power tools. Other sections had plumbing supplies, lawn mowers, home hot water heaters, small appliances and beef jerky.

“People are really surprised how many products we have in the store,” said interim store manager Ryan Davy. “They’re really happy we’re here due to the fact there aren’t that many opportunities in Rugby to shop.”

“We have clothing,” Davy said. “Carhart is one of our big brands. We have housewares, small appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, microwaves, that type of thing. We’ve got a toy section.”

“We’ve got grills – lots of grills,” he added. “We’re big on Traeger, so if you need wood pellets or anything to go along with your Traeger, we have them.”

“We have some farm supplies, tools – lots of tools,” Davy noted. “We have Milwaukee brand; we carry the Stihl line of chainsaws; we have the Husqvarna chain saws.”

“Once we get closer to fall, we’ll have snow blowers. In the spring, we’ll get in riding mowers. There’s a little bit of everything for everybody,” Davy said.

Davy occasionally nodded and smiled at customers as he walked next to an aisle of snacks and candy and paused in front of an aisle of shampoos, soaps, cold medicine and antacids.

Across from those aisles, store employees rang up purchases at a kiosk with several registers.

“The owners are really excited we’re here,” Davy said. “They’ve been in business about 80 years. They were in Rugby about 50 years ago and they’ve always wanted to come back.”

“It’s always been kind of a dream of theirs to get a store in Rugby again, and they’re ready to go,” Davy added.

Davy said a store grand opening would be held in October. “They’re not sure of the date yet,” he noted.

The store’s permanent manager, Troy Duchscher, will start at the store on Sept. 28, Davy said.

“I manage the Minot store,” Davy said. “We had a need to get this store going, so I’ve been here about five weeks. I like it here, but I want to go home,” he added with a laugh.

“I like the community of Rugby,” Davy said. “My mom is from a small town close to here, Orrin. I kind of have ties to Rugby. I have a few relatives here. I have relatives in Wolford. I like the Rugby area.”

Davy said a popular event at Minot’s Home of Economy store will come to Rugby in spring, when the chain’s owners treat the public to grilled alligator meat.

Davy said he’s heard “positive” customer comments on the range of items the store carries. “We have car batteries, motor oil, automotive supplies, cleaning supplies; we have a little bit of everything,” he said.

“If there’s something we don’t have and know people want it, we’ll try to get it,” he added. “We try to cater to the communities we’re in. We don’t have any two stores that are identical, because we try to mold the stores to what the community needs.”

Davy encouraged shoppers to “let the store know what they want and what they need.”

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