Building supply store to feature indoor streets, sidewalks -- and a drive-up window

News-DemocratApril 14, 2014 

A Belleville exterior building supply store will soon move to Fairview Heights and create a display showroom and new service unlike any other.

Arrowhead Building Supply Inc. plans to relocate from 17 Rebel Parkway in Belleville, located off Illinois 15, to the former Goedecke Construction Co. building at 9669 Illinois 161 in Fairview Heights by June.

Chief management officer Rick Pogue said the St. Peters, Mo.-based company plans to create a drive-up window for customers as well as an 8,000-square foot showroom within the existing 10,000-square-foot building that will house three model homes, 15-by-15 feet, and a fourth large display home. It will include miniature streets, sidewalks and park benches to display the roofing, siding, windows, deck and other exterior building supplies the company sells.

"It will be like walking down the street but inside," Pogue said.

The business also plans to establish a wood and shingle recycling service. Pogue said old shingles will be recycled and ground to be used as components of asphalt mix, and wood will be recycled to mulch. Pogue, whose father, Jerry Pogue, co-founded the business and currently serves as the company's president, said the recycling service will be the first of its kind in the industry. He believes others will be watching to see how the new metro-east store succeeds.

"It will absolutely be unlike any other and set a trend," he said. "It's going to be spectacular, not just a move. It's an industry-changing event in our industry, the roofing, siding distribution industry. It's a big game changer."

Fairview Heights Economic Development Director Mike Malloy said the relocated business is expected to bring between $8 million to $10 million in sales a year and as many as six new jobs. He also believes the recycling service will create a unique aspect for the business.

"That product from the shingles will then become a component of asphalt mix, so there is virtually no waste," Malloy said. "The wood recycling is related as well to the building products in any instance when shingles are replaced, they end up having a huge amount of trees and wood end up coming off the building site as well. What they are doing is killing two or three birds with one stone."

St. Louis-based Goedecke Construction Co. closed the Fairview Heights building on Jan. 1 and will leave the property once the sale is final.

Arrowhead opened in Belleville in 2006, but Pogue said the business has since outgrown the 1.5-acre site.

Arrowhead Building Supply has stores in St. Peters, Mo.; Pevely, Mo.; Springfield, Mo.; Hollister, Mo. and Lowell, Ark. Pogue said the business has 3,700 contractor accounts company wide.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 618-239-2526.

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