Paul's Place opens doors on Worthington's 10th Street
WORTHINGTON -- A veritable potpourri of merchandise awaits prospective buyers at Worthington's newest business.
Paul's Place opened Friday at 203 10th St. Owned by Paul Witzel, it features a variety of brand-new tools, hunting and fishing equipment, housewares, toys and even clothes, as well as high-quality consignment items.
"I like shopping for people, basically," explained Witzel, who's been the go-to guy among his friends and family when they were looking to purchase specific items. "It's my passion. It's what I like to do."
A 1987 graduate of Worthington High School, Witzel was employed for many years as a chef, first working at area restaurants including Perkins, Happy Chef, the Cobblestone in Sibley, Iowa, and the Iron Horse in Sheldon, Iowa. He spent 10 years in Albuquerque, N.M., before moving to the Twin Cities, where he worked for the Marriott hotel corporation.
"I was operations manager there, ran all the restaurants in the hotel there," he said. "After that, I got into the apartment business."
While his residence is still in the Twin Cities, Paul plans to move back to his hometown now that he's established his business here.
"Everything I wanted to do in this business, I thought this would be a good place to bring it," he said. "And this building was exactly what I was looking for."
Witzel's goal at Paul's Place is to offer "easy shopping with good prices." He searches out deals on merchandise at quality stores such as Cabela's, Kohl's and Fleet Farms and passes the savings along to his own customers.
"Anywhere there's a good sale or closeout, I'll buy in bulk," he said. "It brings other thing to town so that people don't have to drive to the Cities or somewhere else and waste gas."
The new merchandise is all on display in the front of the store, while the consignment items are stocked in the back of the building.
"I really want to get the consignment going," he said. "I want to help people sell stuff that they have no use for anymore. Maybe they have a couch that's in good condition that's just collecting dust and want to get rid of it. Basically, it's all quality stuff. I'm not going to bring in anything that would be considered junk. ... I only want good stuff that people need, can use somewhere."
Consignments will be on a 30-day contract, he explained, using a 60/40 formula. If an item sells in the first three days, the split is 50/50. If an item doesn't sell within the 30-day time period, the consignor must pick up the merchandise within a few days or it becomes the property of Paul's Place.
Witzel invites people to come in and browse through his current stock of merchandise and welcomes input on what else people would like to see offered in the store. Coffee, water and snacks are available.
Regular hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. While he's getting the business established, Witzel also plans to be open on Mondays.
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