Paul Redeker Rental Co. moving to former Bernardston grain mill

  • Paul Redeker of Paul Redeker Rental Co. has purchased the former Bernardston Farmers Supply store at 43 River St. in Bernardston. He is using this outbuilding to store and clean tents. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Paul Redeker of Paul Redeker Rental Co. has purchased the former Bernardston Farmers Supply store at 43 River St. in Bernardston. He is using this building to store tables, chairs and lights. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Paul Redeker has purchased the former Bernardston Farmers Supply store at 43 River St. in Bernardston. He will be using it as a base of operations for his tent rental business. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Paul Redeker has purchased the former Bernardston Farmers Supply buildings in Bernardston, where he will have a base of operations for his tent rental business. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/20/2022 7:00:27 PM

BERNARDSTON — As the pandemic has led to more and more outdoor graduation parties, banquets and weddings over the past two years, Paul Redeker’s tent rental service has outgrown its old storage space and is moving into the former grain mill.

Paul Redeker Rental Co. is moving its rental operation from 56 Hillcrest Drive to the former grain mill at 43 River St. that dates back well over a century and most recently housed the Bernardston Farmers Supply store. Redeker, who founded the rental company in 2003, continues to expand his inventory to meet the additional demand driven by the pandemic.

“We kind of got maxed out,” Redeker said by phone. “We’ve been bursting at the seams for a couple of years. This allowed us to buy some bulkier items.”

With the additional space, Redeker said his company can buy different types of rental furniture like ballroom chairs and farm tables as rental requests have exploded since the onset of the pandemic.

“It was booming before and it’s been crazy ever since,” Redeker said. “Last year was the biggest year I’ve ever had and I’ve been going for 18 years now. It never ends.”

With increased demand comes more off-season work, which Redeker said was one of the reasons for moving to a bigger space.

The Bernardston Farmers Supply store was purchased in 1995 as part of an expansion from Amherst Farmers Supply. The store closed in December 2017 as Amherst Farmers Supply sought to consolidate operations, which left the building dormant until Redeker purchased it at the beginning of January 2021.

Redeker said he considered several other locations around the region as the company “needed more space,” but eventually settled on staying in Bernardston as it made the most sense.

“I live in Bernardston, it was close to Bernardston and close to I-91,” Redeker said. “I wanted to stay in town.”

Outdoor renovations will be minor and Redeker said he and his company are going to preserve the historical character of the building. The inside of the building has seen minor renovations as the company’s office space is moving in and there are “possible plans for the upper floors.”

“We’re trying to preserve the agricultural feel of the building … we want to keep the look as it was,” Redeker explained. “We’re not changing the structure.”

For now, the building will get a fresh coat of paint and new siding will be added as the company officially transitions to the new location before the summer season.

“The move should be complete within a couple of months. All the tent stuff is already over,” Redeker said. “We’ve got a ways to go, but we’re getting there.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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