TEXAS TWP. — Honesdale-based R-3 Hardware is looking to expand into the neighboring township, said owner Ray Harrington.
R-3 will remain at 541 Main Street in the borough and will be renting the former Tri-State Sports Center on the Texas Palmyra Highway (Route 6) in Indian Orchard, said the business owner on Tuesday.
Harrington hopes to open the new location by March 1. He is renting the building on a temporary basis.
The R-3 owner said the expansion into the township is a "trial run."
"He is hoping to stay at the building for at least (six) months to see if the location could be financially beneficial," according to minutes from a Texas Township supervisors' meeting earlier this month.
R-3 would use the Indian Orchard building mainly as a showroom for power equipment, Harrington said. Like R-3, the Texas location would be open seven days a week, he said.
The rented location also provides storage space for heavier, larger equipment, officials said.
The lease agreement is on a month-to-month basis, said Jeff DeYoung, zoning officer, at the township meeting Monday night.
The former Tri-State building is owned by power sports dealer Rusty Palmer. He did not return calls Tuesday and it was unclear how much rent he is charging R-3.
The building is still for sale, and R-3 would move out if someone wanted to purchase it, said Don Doney, chairman of the Texas supervisors.
A real estate listing says the asking price for the building is $795,000.
The property consists of three buildings and spans 20,460 square feet. The buildings currently house only one business, a beauty salon.
Doney said the township would be "thrilled" to see the vacant space occupied.
In a separate township matter, Doney said the supervisors will meet with Honesdale officials regarding a possible police service contract between the two municipalities.
Officials, however, have said an agreement is unlikely.
Texas Township is covered by the state police. But there are sections of the municipality that are just outside Honesdale, meaning a borough police response would likely be quicker and more practical than that of state police.
Officials have cited cost and other concerns.
Doney had previously said if Texas contracts with Honesdale it may dissuade state police from responding to the township.
The cost to the township would likely be high considering Honesdale's police force is full-time and receives health benefits.