Albia’s hardware store on the south side of the Historic Square has a new set of owners. O’Hara True Value, owned by the Ottumwa O’Hara True Value, has been sold to Jamie and Katrina Dohm, a Bloomfield couple who built a 12,000 square foot store from the ground up in Bloomfield after that community’s hardware store closed in 2011.
The Dohms are originally from the northwest Wisconsin community of Spooner and still have a retail store located in Spooner.
The Dohms are in the process of adding inventory to the Albia store and will use their home base in Bloomfield to balance the inventories in both locations. The Bloomfield store is substantially larger than the Albia store and includes a line of lumber products and zero-turn lawnmowers, along with appliances.
Customers of the Albia store won’t notice much change, although an automated paint tinting machine was ordered and is now in service.
The Dohms plan to keep all of the employees at the Albia store and will take turns managing at both locations. A new employee that serves mostly as greeter is a beautiful black lab dog named “Tess.”
“She our mascot,” said Jamie. “She a real crowd pleaser and will be in the Albia store a couple of days a week depending on what’s going on.”