QC Antiques settles in former K’s Merchandise | Economy

Customers in search of treasures from yesteryear now can shop QC Antiques where they once strolled the aisles of K’s Merchandise in northwest Davenport.

QC Antiques, a startup business owned by Kenny Guy, is the latest tenant in the Robin Creek Centre retail and office complex.

Closed in 2007 when the 50-year-old Decatur, Illinois-based K’s went out of business, the former department store now is owned by Belser Ventures. Its owners, Chris and Lisa Belser, have renovated the building over the past three years.

Guy, who brings 10 years of experience with his Heartland Estates & Auctions, was drawn to the former big box for his first storefront by its location, space and amenities.

“We wanted it to be different than other antique malls,” he said, rattling off some of its features such as its high, open ceilings; bright lighting; security system and ample parking. 

The 9,700-square-foot space — one of the last remaining spaces in the remodeled Robin Creek Centre — not only provides enough room for 44 different vendors but an open space for Guy to bring in some of his auctions and tag sales. 

“It’s always been my goal to find a place to do this,” he said.

Guy, who plans to hold weekend auctions and tag sales occasionally, said that sale activity also will draw business to the vendors, who include area antique dealers, collectors and hobbyists.

“We are a premiere antique mall,” he said, adding that he is selective about his vendors. “We’re mostly vintage and antique items with just a little crafts.” 

The booths that have already filled up include some themes from their inventory and decor. On a walk through, shoppers will find pieces of local history such as a Bishop’s restaurant tray, Iowana milk bottles, a Hostess Twinkie metal sign, farm machinery and more. Also for sale are antique furniture, clothing items, dishes,…

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