Pam and Neal Beznoska are renovating three sides of the exterior of their Northern Factory Workwear building, which they have owned for roughly 20 years. The outside will be finished in stucco mixed with mica for a professional finish. The couple is also opening a new Red Wing Shoes in Red Deer to be followed by another in B.C. in addition to an existing outlet in Saskatoon. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
Northern Factory Workwear in Lloydminster is currently operating in hard hat mode.
Neal and Pam Beznoska, who own the building and the business, are about three weeks into overseeing a complete exterior renovation to three sides of their store at 4006-50 Ave.
“We’ve been wanting to do it for a long time,” said Pam.
“Things were just so busy, we never had the opportunity to, and in this downturn it’s a good opportunity for us to be able to do this at this time.”
The building will sport a stucco finish with some build-outs supported by new framing, insulation, and signage.
“We hope it attracts more business and retain what we have,” said Neal.
“This is our base for our operations.”
The facelift will firmly establish the store as their flagship headquarters while they expand into Red Deer, and to an undisclosed location in British Columbia with two new Red Wing Shoes franchises.
The couple’s daughter Tara-Lynn will manage the Red Deer franchise, expected to open on Sept. 1.
The growth follows expansion in Saskatoon with a second Northern Factory Workwear outlet on Circle Drive, and their first Red Wing store.
That shoe franchise opened about four years ago, and is managed by their oldest daughter, Amanda.
The B.C. Red Wing store will open sometime in 2018.
The Beznoskas purchased the Lloydminster building in 2001 and leased it until 2007, when they took over the whole building as sales grew.
This will be the first major overhaul to the exterior of the building in the past 30 years since it was built as a machine shop about 50 years ago.
“The contractor removed two layers of siding and have brought everything back up to code, and is doing a really good job of insulating it,” said Pam.
“It’s good to update things, and hopefully we will be good for another 50 years.”
The interior will be tackled sometime in the future as it’s on the to-do list.
Neal noted the metal structure of their building has a solid foundation that was worth the investment in renovating.
“It’s an ongoing process to keep up with the building and to maintain the structure, and keep it looking good,” he said.
The west side of the building was upgraded a few years ago.
The store has set up a temporary entrance on the east side during construction, which is expected to wrap up in a couple of months.
Look for a grand re-opening when the work is finished.
Meanwhile, it’s business as usual inside with great summer sales going on, while new fall and winter arrivals are displayed on the floor.
“We’ve got lots of sales going on right now with sandals and footwear from last season up to 50 per cent off,” said Pam.
“We’ve got clothing that’s 20 to 50 per cent off to make room for new stuff coming in, and we have something for the whole family from infants to working adults and casual adults.”