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PLYWOOD MINNESOTA. Home Valu Interiors -- the home remodeling retailer that built the fortune and public persona of businessman and former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz -- closed its doors for good in 2010. The chain had operated as Home Valu since 1993. But it may be best known by its original name, Plywood Minnesota, because of the TV commercials that became part of the state's popular culture.

At its peak, the company had an estimated 70 stores -- many of them franchises -- stretching from Montana to Indiana and about 1,200 employees. The company had 11 stores and about 300 employees when the name changed to Home Valu to reflect its change from a building supply merchant to a home store that sold carpeting, wallpaper, vinyl flooring, window treatments and cabinets.

The 1974 and 1977 Dubuque City Directory listed 1313 Dodge.

The 1980 Dubuque City Directory listed Highway 20 West.



Feyder, Susan. Final Nail in Plywood Minnesota, Star Tribune. Online: http://www.startribune.com/final-nail-in-plywood-minnesota/81171187/