Hogan gets facelift; pizza restaurant planned

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By Pauline Liu
With help from some good friends, Hogan’s General Store in Andes is in the process of being put through a major overhaul.

About two weeks ago, as the business marked its 14th anniversary, the “For Sale” sign outside the building came down. Owner Don Hogan is in it for the long haul but he now has some help from two Andes friends. Interior designer Cheryl Terrace of Vital Design Ltd. and property manager Andy Wos of Broadland’s Management are often on premises working on improvements.

So far, Terrace’s design advice has led to a new seating area, new shelves that are fully stocked, live plants decorating the window sills and a coat of fresh paint on the walls. Long- time customers noticed the changes.

“I’m excited about the prospect of Hogan’s staying open and it’s brighter inside,” said Andes resident Laurie McIntosh.

Customer John Skelton, who’s the sous chef at the Andes Hotel across the street, stopped in for coffee.

“I think it looks nice in here and the shelves are stocked with food,” he said.
By his own admission, Hogan said that “things got of out control” at his business and he is grateful that Terrace and Wos are helping him to turn his general store around.

“The community has also been very good to me,” he said. “We just rolled up our sleeves and jumped in with both feet and took this bull by the horns (gesturing towards Hogan) and started helping out,” said Terrace with a laugh. “This is the hub and we want to see it continue to serve the community.”

Future investment
She explained that she and Wos are “investing in Hogan’s future.”

The aromatic muffins and pies are still made on premises as is the pizza. There are also sandwiches and subs. Hogan explained that he currently employs four full-time employees, but he expects his seven-day-a week operation will require more employees, more food and will be open for more hours as summer rolls in. His big expansion plans include opening his own pizza restaurant in the rear of the building in the not too distant future.

For more than a decade, Hogan has been making his own Almost Famous Pizza.
“It’s New York-style and by calling it Almost Famous, it’s my way of not being too pretentious,” he said. “People from New York City say it’s good and they compare it to pizza made in Brooklyn, which is the birthplace of pizza in the U.S.”

Hogan expects to open the doors of his new pizza restaurant in the next few weeks.
Hogan’s also placed a winning bid to provide steam cleaning for boats that will be used on the Pepacton Reservoir, when it opens to expanded recreational boating on Memorial Day Weekend.
“It’s always getting better here,” said Hogan. 

Hogan’s is open daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s located at 103 Main Street in Andes. For more information, call 676-3470.