By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communications
Backyard grill masters are in for a treat soon in the form of the newest addition to downtown Garden City.
Klaus Wood Pellets, 401 N. Main St., will be a barbecue specialty store that focuses mainly on selling Traeger Grills, as well as a variety of barbecue spices including products made right here in the state of Kansas.
“We’re going to have a wall that has ‘Made in Kansas’ products,” Owner Ryan Klaus said. “And we’re going to have different kinds of cooking products, like fire disc grills, Ooni pizza ovens, and back yard fire pits. That’s just out of the gate. We’re looking to add more items down the road.”
Klaus has been a Traeger dealer out of his home since 2015. He said business has been so good that he decided it was time to open a store in Garden City. Assisting Klaus in the venture are Kenny Coons and Paul Chmielewski. They hope the store becomes a home away from home for those interested in all things grilling-related.
“We’re making an effort to broaden our customer base, and being able to offer more product lines,” Klaus said, adding that he plans to serve customers in Garden City and throughout southwest Kansas with their grilling needs.
In addition, Klaus said, the business is one of very few platinum Traeger dealers in the nation. According to the company, Platinum dealers offer the widest selection of Traeger products in every category, as well as the best service and support. Klaus said that means the business will offer a number of specialty grills that other dealers won’t have and they will service all the products they sell. They also plan to be a source for grilling recipe ideas and will help customers troubleshoot problems.
“We may be open just six days a week, but we’ll be available seven,” Chmielewski added. “This is a business we have a passion for, and we want to bring that enthusiasm to our customers.”
Klaus hasn’t nailed down exactly when the business will open. Right now, he is shooting for sometime in October but definitely wants to be open by Nov. 15 for the start of the holiday season. The business will have three to four employees.
“Next week, we’ll see it really come together. There’s going to be a lot of stuff done – the counter tops, the back walls – it’s definitely going to be an ‘Oh, wow,’ when you walk in the door,” Klaus said.
To keep up to date on their progress, customers can find Klaus Wood Pellets on Facebook. Also, the business is in the process of building a website at www.klauswoodpellets.com.