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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Messers keep business in the family

  • For 35 years, the name Dave Messer has been synonymous with appliances in Redwood Falls, but after three-and-a-half decades of service in the community, including several as an independent business owner, Messer has decided to pass on that business to the next generation.
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  • For 35 years, the name Dave Messer has been synonymous with appliances in Redwood Falls.
    “I came to town Nov. 1, 1978 and started working at Owens TV and Appliance just across the street,” said Messer from his Second Street storefront known as Dave’s Refrigeration and Appliance Repair.
    After three-and-a-half decades of service in the community, including several as an independent business owner, Messer has decided to pass on that business to the next generation.
    While the date has not been specifically set, Mike Messer, is taking over the local appliance business.
    “I’m semi-retired,” said Dave, adding he still plans to be involved.
    Dave Messer started on his own doing just appliance repair service in 1984.
    “Slowly over the years I got into sales, too,” he said.
    Now Dave’s Refrigeration is a full-fledged retail store selling everything from stoves and refrigerators to washers and dryers.
    Dave Messer started in the appliance repair business in 1965 and said he came to Redwood Falls because he was looking for a small town where he could work and raise a family.
    Messer said what distinguishes their business from most, especially the big box stores, is they are willing to service everything they sell to their customers.
    None of that is going to change as Mike begins to take over more of the day-to-day operation of the retail and service business.
    Mike, who is an RVHS graduate, admitted he did not initially plan to follow in his dad’s footsteps.
    In fact, he spent 13 years as a carpenter before he decided to join the family business in town.
    Mike has received several certifications, and continues to get training to provide the kind of service customers have come to expect from the local shop.
    Father and son still work together, and Dave said he is looking to slow down, so he can do some of the other things he has always wanted to do, including traveling.
    The local store serves customers in a radius of about 25-30 miles from its Second Street location, and Dave said they feel fortunate to have had the support of loyal customers over the years.
    “We have been able to stay busy,” said Dave.
    The store is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and even though there are no set Saturday hours people can typically find Mike and Dave at the store then, too.
    “You are going to still see me for the next couple of years, but over time it is going to be less and less,” said Dave with a smile.
    Find out more about the local business by stopping by or calling (507) 637-3379.
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