Q:Where is Real Deals located?
A: 329 Central Ave.
Q:When did your business start in Fort Dodge?
Shawn Portz brought the idea for Real Deals to Beth Plautz and Janelle Hotz after numerous shopping trips to the Real Deals on Home Décor in her home area of Bismarck, N.D.
A: August of 2011
Q:What motivated you to open the business?
A: We felt that Real Deals on Home Dcor concept would be a perfect fit for Fort Dodge. We especially liked the idea of bringing the unique shopping experience to historic downtown Fort Dodge.
Q:How many full-time and part-time employees do you have?
A: Real Deals has created eight part-time jobs.
Q:What is Real Deals' niche?
A: Our slogan of "2 Days a Week, 2 Good to be True" creates an "event" type atmosphere that attracts shoppers and makes them look forward to shopping here on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers love fabulous home dcor at warehouse prices and are pleased to find a wide selection of artwork, metal art, clocks, mirrors, lamps, furniture, seasonal dcor, kitchen and bath dcor and much more. The constantly changing inventory includes both traditional and contemporary dcor items.
Q:What do you like about being located in downtown
A: Locating in a century-old building in the heart of the city's historic downtown commercial district was an important part of our business plan. The Real Deals franchise requires stores to be located off the beaten path. We love downtown Fort Dodge and feel blessed to be here.