When the Vandalia Rural King store moved to its new location, it was only a couple blocks away.
But judging by the reaction from customers, the new store is in a different universe.
"People really like the space, the openness of the store," said store manager John Beck. "There's also a lot more room in the parking lot."
Now, with more than 100,000 square feet of retail space (compared to less than 40,000 square feet before), the store has expanded many of its existing lines and added others.
Among those that have been expanded are: sporting goods, clothing, pet food and supplies, deer hunting supplies and tools.
New lines include fishing and duck hunting equipment.
Located at 1410 Veterans Ave., the new facility is in what formerly was the Orgill distribution warehouse.
"It allows us to show our products off better," said Dean Odle, Rural King regional manager over stores in Illinois and Indiana. "We also have wider aisles and more parking space to allow us to better serve our customers."
The Mattoon-based company has 46 stores in seven states.
In addition to the retail area, the Vandalia facility also will serve as one of the company's two seasonal warehouses – meaning that items will be stored here and distributed to other Rural King stores as needed. The other warehouse is in Evansville, Ind.
In converting the warehouse to a retail store, Odle said that considerable work was done on the building. In addition to removing several interior walls, it was cleaned and painted, and given new air conditioning and lighting equipment.
It features seven checkout lanes.
A grand opening event will be held this Thursday through Sunday. Regular hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.