The showroom will employ one full-time position at the location and 10 behind-the-scenes granite installers/fabricators.
Malone said she and Kugler chose to locate in the city because “Hamilton’s the place to be.”
“It’s apparent by the mass amount of development that is taking place in the city, including the artistic development downtown, the upcoming Spooky Nook development, the opening of the Marcum Hotel & Conference Center, and the fact that there are grants that are available to first-time home buyers that many good things are coming to Hamilton,” she said.
Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Anything Granite and the barn cat decided to join efforts, because “a lot of times, when people are upgrading their countertops, they may also see the need to update their current cabinetry, especially if it’s still in good shape,” Malone said.
“Refinishing cabinetry that is in good condition is much more affordable than replacing the cabinetry,” she said. “People like the idea of being able to match/upgrade their cabinetry to their new countertops without the high costs of replacing their cabinetry. It made sense to join efforts since we found ourselves doing jobs together.”
Malone, who is broker Bob Kugler’s assistant next door at Bowling & Kugler, said that business experienced houses being purchased within 24 hours of being listed and houses going for more than their listing price due to bidding wars.
“Based on all of that, it’s obvious that people are moving to the area and/or are upgrading their current homes,” she said. “Because we’re a home improvement store and there are no other granite/quartz or custom tile/mosaic backsplash designers in the area, we felt that it was a prime location to which to expand. Hamilton is an upcoming community and also has minimal granite/quartz fabricator competition, which fits the role of an expansion location from Hyde Park.”
The new business is not only strategically located next to a real estate company, but also on the same block as an air conditioning company and Butler County Lumber, all of which are connected to either home improvement or the purchasing of homes.