Major changes are taking place within the historic space formerly known as Belmain’s in downtown Randolph.
Purchased nearly a year ago by Gray Area LLC, a company set up by George and Kelly Gray, the former store will soon house several businesses with room to spare — or at least once the renovation project weathers a series of delays caused by material backlogs and construction season. busy.
According to George Gray, the project was originally scheduled to be open sometime by the middle of this summer — but that goal is elusive as contractors wait to finish the plumbing, window and framing work. Each of those steps, he said, has been chased by low stocks of available building materials.
On a Tuesday morning with contractor Patrick Hudson of Hudson & Sons Construction, Gray was told that August – or more likely September – was his best chance of finishing work on the 4,200-square-foot lot.
Stephanie Montgomery, of Third Branch Pottery, said the delay in construction time has also hampered its operations. This is especially so as she is preparing to vacate her current space on Pleasant Street in about a week. However, Montgomery said Tuesday that she is trying to be flexible as construction continues — noting that she hopes to set up her kiln in a relatively short time and will still be able to sell the clay from her new location — even if the walls and roof aren’t quite finished yet.
Despite the set of setbacks, along with a budget that’s “twice what was expected,” Gray said he’s looking forward to seeing the space’s new design come together.
“What we are working on is building it in commercial spaces,” he said. “We have three committed tenants now [and] There will still be two spaces available — it can be either an office or a retail store. ”
These tenants include Pottery III, which will occupy approximately 3,600 square feet of the building—including a loading dock at the rear of the building. The next largest tenant will be Windy Lane Bakery, which Gray said will occupy about 900 square feet near the front of the building. Also near the front of the building, you’ll find Sweet Scoops Ice Cream, which will claim a little over 600 square feet facing Main Street.
Gray said the two remaining spaces — one of about 1,300 square feet; Another 848 square feet – remains available to potential office or retail tenants.
These spaces are available after Gray canceled plans to move Compucount, his Randolph-based accounting firm, to a new downtown location. He explained that the total renovation cost made moving the Compucount less feasible than expected when Gray Area LLC purchased the space last July. Prior to that, the Belmain Building had been vacant in the heart of downtown Randolph since early 2018.
However, Gray said he is excited to see a long-vacant storefront return to commercial operations.
“I think having this business on the main street is going to be really good for everyone. It will make downtown much more active than it is now,” he said.
“The windows will no longer be dark,” he added. “surely.”