The Bargain Center opens on the west side in LF

The packed shop offers both new and used items

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The Bargain Center, owned by Shirley and Ron Treb, opened on the west side of Little Falls July 29. It is located at 106 N.W. Lindbergh Drive, next to the Royal Cafe.

Shirley and Ron Treb stand in one of The Bargain Center’s aisles of toys in the Children’s Room where kids are welcome to browse.

The shop cannot help but have something for everybody. When entering the building, customers will be in the “Women’s Center,” which consits of dinnerware, jewelry, antiques, knick knacks, books, music and small kitchen appliances. For the collector, dozens of salt and pepper shakers, glassware, record albums and many cookie jars await.

Take a trip through the door on the left and enter the “Man Cave.” There people will find decoys, sporting goods, tools and more.

Through another door, kids will enter into the “Children’s Room.” Hundreds of quality toys can be checked out. There are games, stuffed animals, action figures and even an organ.

“We toyed with the idea of foening a bargain center for about a year,” said Ron. “During theat time, several other similar stores opened in Little Falls. But, we think we all complement each other and can help draw people to town.”

The Trebs hunt for their treasures at various sales, flea markets, garage sales and estate sales. They said pickers are welcome to bring in items.

The Trebs’ future plans include setting up a portion of the store for low-cost, quality household essentials such as soaps and paper products.

“That way, the residents on the west side of Little Falls don’t have to travel across town,” said Ron.

Shirley works full-time at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls as a desk clerk and Ron is self-employed as a groundskeeper in the summer and he plows snow in the winter.

“We opened this as a future investment for our retirement years,” Shirley said.

The Bargain Center’s hours are from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days a week.