Corman to build Yellowstone store

Corman & Associates, the Lexington company nationally known for developing displays for major companies, has signed on to build a retail store at the iconic Old Faithful visitor center in Yellowstone National Park.

The new store is being built for the non-profit Yellowstone Association, which operates educational bookstores in the park's visitor centers. Corman is working on the design with Black River Architects of Cambridge, Mass.

Corman has previously built stores at Yosemite National Park in California and Canyonlands in Utah, company president Ted Corman said.

Corman, which was long known as a Christmas retailer in Lexington, has focused more on the store design and manufacturing portion of its business in recent months.

The company has de-emphasized its Christmas retail business and has stopped selling home décor at its Lexington store on Floyd Drive because those portions of its business struggled during the height of the recession, Corman said. He said the Christmas line of decorations might be back in the store as early as this fall but perhaps not until 2011.

In place of those products in the store's showroom is a variety of retail accessories, including brackets, mannequins and other items that businesses use to display products, Corman said.

Recently, three of the company's home décor designers, who were laid off late last year, branched out and started their own specialty home décor and custom upholstery business called "house: design, floral and event" on Delaware Avenue.