Oct. 9, 2007
Puglisi Gun Emporium plans expansion
The owner of Puglisi Gun Emporium in Gary-New
Duluth has purchased the Congress Bar next door, with plans to expand
the floor space of the gun business.
Jack Puglisi Sr. bought the Congress building
in mid-August from Gary Peterson, who had owned it for seven years.
The bar has been a fixture in the neighborhood for decades. It was
shuttered with the sale of the building.
The two buildings sit at 1336 and 1334 Commonwealth
Ave. and share a common wall, Puglisi said.
He made the offer because his business has grown,
Puglisi said. “We’re bumping into each other around
here,” he said. Puglisi Gun Emporium is considered one of
the best-known gun-trading businesses in the country. It is visited
by traders from all over the globe.
Puglisi recently bought and sold a shotgun that
was made in 1914 for Czar Nicholas II of Russia.
Puglisi’s plans for the expansion aren’t
fully formed, but he is expecting to put a photo studio and perhaps
shipping and receiving in the new space as well as expanding the
Peterson said the Congress struggled for several
years. “What prompted me to sell it was ever since the smoking
ban [became effective], it’s been difficult,” said Peterson,
who owned the business for nine years. The Duluth smoking ban went
into effect in 2001.