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The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Johnstone Supply will open in Topeka, Kan., this fall in a former Grainger location. Owner Kim Cafferty said he started in the Johnstone business in 1981, purchasing an Omaha store after working as an employee in Idaho. Throughout the years, he has expanded, adding another Omaha store along with stores in Lincoln and Kearney, Neb., as well as Des Moines, Davenport, and Ames, Iowa.
This month, Cafferty bought the former Grainger Supply building at 241 S.W. 32nd Terrace in Topeka. He said he paid about $700,000 for the building and will invest another $200,000 in remodeling it.
More details here.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal