Once Upon A Time in a 2 Bedroom Apartment...
After several years as an apartment-based business, and one year in an empty church storage room, Astound Video expanded into its first retail location on the west end of Selby Avenue in St. Paul in 2004. The increased visibility coupled with some strategic yellow-pages advertising was good for business and we were able to hire our first employee in 2005.
In 2007 the company moved to its current location on Cleveland Ave. near Randolph Ave. in St. Paul. Increased visibility, additional employees and added production space helped facilitate further growth.
Astound Video was the first retail video transfer company in Minnesota to expand to 2 locations with the opening of its Southwest Minneapolis store in 2010. The Minneapolis location significantly enhanced the profile and customer perceptions of the company as a whole.
Multiple locations and increasing order volumes necessitated a focus on improving business processes, and in 2011 significant upgrades to our enterprise management system, Astound.net were made as well as many internal workflow enhancements.
With a solid back office system and refined workflows in place, Astound Video opened its third store in 2012. Located in Roseville, MN, this 3,000 square foot former TCF Bank provided ample room for expansion and a high degree of visibility.
Seeing an opportunity to expand into the south metro, we opened our fourth store in 2013 in Apple Valley, MN. Facing Cedar Ave. just north of Highway 42, this highly visible store has given us greater access to the south metro.