HOM Furniture to remove last known public escalator in Sioux City | Local news

In recent years, two-tier escalators in the atrium of the Ho-Chunk Center and MercyOne’s Central Medical Building have been replaced with stairs. Even earlier, the city removed the escalator that was on the Skywalk next to the Sioux City Hotel & Conference Center.

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MidAmerican Energy continues to operate the escalator in its multi-story office building at 401 Douglas Street. However, this escalator is primarily used by utility employees.

Chase said a staircase would add an upscale aesthetic to the HOM Furniture showroom.

“I think it will certainly freshen things up,” Chance said as workers continued to build the staircase with steel and glass railings. “Every room needs a nice update.”

Escalator replaced by stairs

Managers Kyle Chance (left) and Keith Radig stand next to the new staircase at HOM Furniture in Sioux City. The modern style staircase replaced a 1986 escalator that was the last retail escalator in Sioux City.

Jesse Brothers The Sioux City Journal

He admitted that this revision had been planned for more than a year.

“Things have been delayed because of the pandemic,” said Chance. “We had to wait until reordered material became available.”

However, customers will be delighted with the elegant staircase that is slated to be completed in the next few months.

He admitted that the days of a motorized moving staircase quietly come to an end.

“What used to be considered more modern now looks old-fashioned,” said Chance. “It could be the end of an era for an escalator.”

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