Rochelle News-Leader | Ribbon unveiling for Country Financial’s new location

ROCHELLE — On Tuesday, a grand opening event was held for Country Financial’s new location at 501 N. 6th St. The company moved from its previous location to the newly renovated space in April.

The insurance firm, which is co-owned by Representatives Josh Williams and Josh Messenger, was welcomed to its new space on Tuesday by Rochelle Mayor John Bearrows, Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tricia Herrera, and chamber, city and community members.

Herrera said the ribbon cutting was a “celebration of change and expansion.”

“We are very happy that you have chosen to stay in downtown Rochelle,” said Herrera. “Thank you guys. It’s a beautiful building. It was quite a revamp and change to this place. It’s great to have you downtown as part of the community. You guys are great supporters of things in La Rochelle and we thank you for that. On behalf of the chamber, welcome. Josh Williams is our vice-chairman of the board and is very involved in the chamber and a big supporter of it. We l thank you.”

Williams said he and Messenger had searched “high and low” for new space and were happy to find something downtown. The business didn’t have to move far, as its old location is just down the street.

Williams said the renovation of the new space was “right down to the posts”.

“We have all new windows,” Williams said. “Everything about this place is brand new. My father did all the construction work here. It’s a great location. We finally received our signage recently. We wanted to have this before the ribbon cutting. Thank you all for coming and showing your support.

Messenger said when he first walked into 501 N. 6th St., he wasn’t sure whether to buy it due to the amount of work involved.

“I’m glad it worked out and we’re here to stay now,” Messenger said. “Because we own property here and we are going to be here. And we are happy to be here.

Bearrows said he saw the building’s transformation first-hand and said Messenger and Williams did “an amazing job”.

“You’re not just locals who have a business here, but you saw the need and wanted to invest in your local community,” Bearrows said. “Investing in our community is an important issue. You are partners in business, but you have other partners in the chamber and in the city. If there is anything we can do or help in our power, we are always happy to help businesses. Congratulations and I wish you many, many years of success.”

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