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Former Wexford Feed & Grain to become office building

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Deborah Deasy | Pine Creek Journal
Pat Cavanaugh, once captain of Pitt’s basketball team, plans to preserve the former Wexford Feed & Grain store and turn it into the new Pine headquarters of his Crons Brand business.
Deborah Deasy | Pine Creek Journal

An old feed store in Pine is set to become the new hub for two firms that nurture both goals and bodies.

Entrepreneur Pat Cavanaugh of Marshall plans to reincarnate the former Wexford Feed & Grain store as world headquarters for Cavanaugh Marketing and Crons Brand, two companies that Cavanaugh now operates in West View.

“It's an eyesore from the outside, but it's gorgeous on the inside,” Cavanaugh said about the one-time barn near the intersection of Route 910 and Church Road.

“It's a great location,” Cavanaugh said. “Over 20,000 cars a day go by that intersection.”

At 47, Cavanaugh is chairman of Cavanaugh Marketing and president of Crons Brand, which sells apparel for athletic teams and Come Ready Nutrition bars. Cavanaugh expects to relocate the ventures in the old feed store by November.

Worn, vinyl siding now cloaks the structure's original clapboard exterior.

The old siding also hides untold oak and hemlock beams inside the three-story structure, reportedly built in the 1930s or 1940s, before World War II.

“The timber framework is gorgeous,” said T.J. Rollinson, owner of Mercer County-based Rollinson Construction Inc., contractor for Cavanaugh's building makeover.

“The inside will be cleaned up and preserved,” Rollinson said. “We're basically going to build a new building around what's there.”

Rollinson plans to eventually lift the one-time barn from its deteriorating foundation, and then roll it onto a new foundation farther away from Route 910.

Pine supervisors voted May 19 to approve Cavanaugh's land development plans for the property.

“What's interesting is that they're re-purposing Wexford Feed & Grain to use as an office building,” said Larry Kurpakus, director of code administration and land development for Pine Township. “Another developer probably wouldn't have had the vision to re-use the barn.

Cavanaugh plans to incorporate a three-story, glass-enclosed stairway in one corner of the old barn.

Architect for the project is Warren Bulseco of WTW Architects, North Side.

In the late 1980s, Cavanaugh captained the University of Pittsburgh's baseball team.

Cavanaugh now looks forward to nurturing young athletes at his reincarnated barn in Pine through Crons Brand programs and products.

“If you have a son or daughter in athletics, we'll teach them about goal setting and how to build confidence,” Cavanaugh said.

“We have paid programs, as well as programs offered at no cost as well,” he said. “We'll be offering free seminars, and sessions to community athletes.”

Twelve employees of Cavanaugh Marketing and Crons Bran eventually will work in the renovated building.

“Part of our business is helping people accomplish their goals, and taking you from one point in your life, and helping you get to somewhere else,” Cavanaugh said.

“I think this building is a metaphor for what our business is about,” Cavanaugh said. “I think it's just a great inspirational complex we're going to have for our employees and our customers.”

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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