The last of three abandoned car dealerships in a prime commercial area has been snapped up by a Parker business.
Appliance Factory Outlet, which has operated out of a small building on the southeast corner of South Parker Road and Pine Lane since late 2005, moved to a much larger location: the old Burt Chevrolet dealership on the northeast corner of South Parker Road and Lincoln Avenue.
Commercial centers in that area have struggled because of the closure of the dealerships in mid-2009 and early 2010. Various stores such as Target, Albertsons and Circuit City have either failed or moved since the beginning of the recession, leaving the retail district without a viable anchor.
Appliance Factory Outlet’s May 17 move into the vacant 25,000-square-foot showroom comes just two months after Crossroads Community Church in Parker announced that it would take over the former Burt Jeep Chrysler Dodge at Lincoln Avenue and Twenty Mile Road. The old Burt Ford dealership, next door to Appliance Factory Outlet, now houses an auto transport company called Accelerated Services.
Nit Kutulas, store manager at Appliance Factory Outlet, said moving into the new building doubled space for inventory, necessitating the addition of three employees. The old store had poor access, inadequate parking and less room for merchandise, he said.
A construction crew remodeled the interior by putting up drywall and strategically taking other walls down to create a wide-open showroom ahead of the May 31 soft opening. There is plenty of room for expansion in the future; Kutulas said the outlet might eventually sell parts and used appliances.
The fast-growing appliance chain, which recently added mattresses to its list of items in stock, opened two new stores in Littleton and Centennial within the last year.
“The company is doing well. It’s a strong company and we’re locally owned,” Kutulas said. “(The owners are) passionate about keeping dollars in Denver.”
The occupation of another vacant store is good news for a town that has been challenged by numerous closings, especially among restaurants. John Hall, economic development director for the Town of Parker, said having a business with local recognition in that spot is among the bonuses.
“We, of course, think it’s great, especially having a company of that quality going into a building that’s special-use in nature,” Hall said.
Ali McNally, spokeswoman for Appliance Factory Outlet, said the high-traffic intersection will improve visibility and likely help push sales of kitchen and laundry appliances, among many other products. The company saw the move up as a good opportunity, McNally said.
The outlet store sells refurbished appliances and appliances with minor defects. Some dented refrigerators are marked down hundreds of dollars and a washer/drier set sells for about 70 percent of the original price.