Pieces of history from an old St. Paul brick-and-mortar store are up for grabs.

Developers leading the conversion of the former Woolworth five-and-dime store in downtown St. Paul are giving away bricks from the building.

The old store, which has sat vacant at Minnesota Street and 7th Place E. since 1994, is being turned into an office building called the 428.

A large priority for the complex’s redo was to help bring light into the space so there will be walls of windows that dominate all four floors. Because of that, the bricks will be removed.

“In order to preserve the history of this landmark, we would like to give away the brick that is being removed,” according to the announcement by Commercial Real Estate Services Inc.

The redevelopment is scheduled to be finished by next summer.

Bricks were given away this week and will also be available on the 7th Place sidewalk from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Employees buy Welsh Construction

Welsh Construction has changed ownership, though the Minnetonka firm is still in familiar hands. Top managers Mike Schraad, Meghan Huber and Allen Overturf are the new owners.

In April, Canada-based Colliers International bought all other divisions under the Welsh Cos., including its brokerage and real estate management businesses.

Welsh Construction, founded in 1977, will retain its offices and name.

Schraad, who served as vice president of operations, will be president. Huber, who was the senior project manager of tenant improvement, will be vice president and director of tenant improvement. Overturf, the former corporate controller and director of financial reporting and analysis, will be chief financial officer.

“I am thrilled that Mike, Meghan and Allen have made the decision to carry on with the Welsh torch. Their combined 27-plus years with Welsh Construction is a testament to their dedication, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Jean Kane, CEO of Welshco Holdco LLC in a statement.

Terms of the sale, which closed June 30, were not disclosed.

Nicole Norfleet


Read more ‘Just Listed’ at startribune.com/justlisted