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Pioneer Boulevard building owner prepares space for future tenants

The owner of a building that housed the Sandy location of Riegelmann’s Appliance store until late 2005 is working to expand options for business owners in a growing community.

Jody Argue, who owns the two-story commercial building on Pioneer Boulevard across from the ARCO gas station, said she and her family spent several months renovating the space to attract new businesses to downtown Sandy.

“The only thing that isn’t brand new are the walls,” noted Argue, an eight-year Sandy resident. POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - The old Riegelmanns building is being renovated by its owners, who hope to have two seperate businesses renting the space by the end of summer.

The building received new windows, roof, electrical and heating systems. With help the city of Sandy’s façade grant program, Argue’s contractor added stone detailing to the outside of the building to fit in with downtown Sandy’s style.

The building is getting a new parking lot in back as well as additional space.

Argue plans to lease out the building’s two stories for commercial space. While the upstairs is one large open space, the downstairs has sectioned off rooms, including a shower space.

“I’m hoping I could find someone to open a day spa in here,” Argue said. “It would suit Sandy to have a day spa. Massage and making women feel good about themselves is really important to me.”

All the contractors and businesses working on the building are from the Sandy area. POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Building owner Jody Argue tours the newly renovated space.

“We wanted to give back,” Argue explained of the hire-local decision. “We love Sandy. We’re not natives, but we feel like it.”

Argue and her husband Patrick bought the building — which housed a bike shop, a video store and most recently a Sandy location of Gresham-based Riegelmann’s — five years ago. POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Building owner Jody Argue used all local contractors to renovate the space.

Insulation is being installed this week, followed by sheetrock for the walls along with some finishing touches. Argue plans to leave some of the space untouched so leasing businesses can put their own stamps on it.

As soon as they finish the inside of the building, Argue and her family plan to have a First Friday open house so people can have a look at the space.

“We should be done by mid-July, first of August,” she said.