By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
BENTON TOWNSHIP — R.A. Mort’s Bath Gallery is changing locations.
After spending 23 years at 2260 M-139 in Benton Township, ownership will move store operations just down the road to 2570 M-139. Julie Gillette, who works in sales and has been with the company for 24 years, said the kitchen and bath wholesalers will keep its three employees as store hours will remain the same.
R.A. Mort’s is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment.
“We have been here for 23 years and sell everything to build and remodel a home,” Gillette said. “When I first began, I had to work the counter at the Main Street office for a whole year before the show room was ready for me. I got to know a lot of the plumbers.”
The property they are moving to down the street has been owned by the Mort family for years, Gillette said.
In those years, they frequently used the property and its pull barns for storing water heaters and fiber glass.
While the business is still selling at its old location, Gillette said they plan on making the transition in October. It will prove difficult as there is a lot of product to move.
“We decided it was time to move the showroom,” Gillette said. “It’s a smart thing. (It was) something we should have done years ago as opposed to paying rent. We love where we are at, except this is just a smart move for us. Since we are a registered showroom, moving will be a process. Nobody wants to do this in the dead of winter, so we are shooting for fall.”
The only change to the new location will be the increase in size and space, Gillette said.
Construction has begun on the new location, as workers have been putting up exterior stone on the building’s facade since last week. Gillette said windows went in a couple of weeks ago and the roof was finished last spring.
Owner Jeff “Yogi” Mort said the new building will have a mechanical and break room, but keep its working shower systems that were popular at the last location.
“Thank you to the trades, builders and the public of Southwest Michigan for 62 years of support,” Mort said.
(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Sept. 17, 2015)