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T. Rohan Moving Upstairs, Renting Out First Floor

He said it had been part of the plan, but the economy has pushed his schedule up.

Tim Rohan, owner of for 27 years, is consolidating his business to the second floor of his building. He plans to rent out the first floor.

Rohan owns three buildings on Manchester Road, in Maplewood. and are his tenants.

“I’m 55 now and my game plan was at some point I would start shrinking down,” he said. “The economy is pushing it a little earlier than I expected. I’m going to move upstairs, and do the same thing and just make more money – have less overhead.”

He said a national company is coming in to look at the first-floor space for a restaurant.

“They’d remove all the architecture, the fire place, the windows, the French doors, the columns, cover over the herringbone floors and turn it into a generic white store,” he said.

“We don’t know if it’s real yet, we’ll see,” he said. “I would like to think it would make a wonderful wine bar.”

Rohan said the city of Maplewood has hired a real estate agent to work with the building owners to fill some of the empty spaces, “which is the first smart thing I’ve seen Maplewood do in a long time.”

Rohan said the agent has brought some people by to look at the space.

“I hope we find somebody nice and tasteful with an interesting product to rent the space but you never know,” he said.

“It would make a beautiful boutique art gallery, but they haven’t approached us.”

Linda Schwieger June 13, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I think a wine bar would be a fabulous idea & fit in very nicely with our wonderful Maplewood Boutique neighborhood! Hope you can spark an interest in that!
margaret marren June 13, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I concur! A wine bar would be fabulous! Great idea!
margaret marren June 13, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Don't let them remove the architecture! That's a terrible idea and should be avoided! Let's keep Maplewood as historical as possible! People want charm - not a chain.
Jonathan Spencer June 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I'd like a book store. Hey Left Bank, I'm looking at you.
Doug Miner June 13, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Wine bar? Book store? How about a bakery? Any other ideas?
Jonathan Spencer June 14, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Also, since Maplewood is turning into such a foodie destination, a kitchen store might do well.
Michelle Seymour June 16, 2012 at 02:09 PM
So many good ideas, I love the bakery idea. How great would it be to walk out the door in the morning and buy fresh bread?
Doug Miner June 16, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I heard a bakery called Loafers (loafersbread.com) is moving to St. Louis but they haven't said where.. I'm hoping...
Edward Wilson March 28, 2013 at 05:37 PM
A bakery called Union Loafers (unionloafers.com) is opening in saint louis, but it is not affiliated with The Loafers Bread Company. Union Loafers is being opened by Sean Netzer and Ted Wilson of Highland and Saint Louis, respectively.

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