Appliance store opens in former REX location

Andy Adams, in red, and Ben Cooper; warehouse workers for Appliance Factory Outlet stock the store in the old REX building on Hwy 6&50.

A new discount appliance retailer will open in the same location where REX shut down in February.

Appliance Factory Outlet, 2469 U.S. Highway 6&50, opened Saturday and plans to have a grand opening this summer. The shop sells appliances from major manufacturers such as GE, LG, Samsung and Frigidaire at discounts between 30 and 80 percent off list price.

“Where our niche in the market is, not only do we have brand new products like Home Depot or Sears, but we sell ‘as-is’ stuff that’s been sent back to the manufacturer,” said Susan McLennan, general manager of operations for the company.

The appliances may have cosmetic flaws or be discontinued models. All come with full manufacturer warranties, McLennan said.

This is the company’s 10th location. Its first was in Denver in 1986. The other locations are spread out on the Front Range. McLennan said the company is excited to expand to the Western Slope. The store is in the process of hiring about 10 staff members.

“We’re looking to make a home here and do long-term business,” she said. “I think it’s going to fit well with Grand Junction.”

McLennan said business on the Front Range has been up this year over last, as consumers who have tightened their budgets shop around for the best deal.

The new store manager expects Grand Valley residents to find what they’re looking for at the shop.

“For the next month we’re going to have some great deals on this out-of-box stuff,” store Manager Jason Doung said.

In addition to offering prior models of appliances, REX had electronics such as televisions and stereos.

That REX went out of business despite selling some similar items to what Appliance Factory Outlet will carry doesn’t dampen McLennan’s enthusiasm. She said Appliance Factory Outlet is excited about opening in the same location. The company had planned to expand to the Western Slope, but the process was expedited when this space, which they believe would be a good fit, became available.

“One of the reasons we are moving to the Grand Junction area is people are looking at their budgets. If their fridge goes out, they need to get a new one,” said McLennan, adding her store’s merchandise will fit into more of those budgets.

When money is tight, Doung added, people might be more inclined to overlook a scratch on the side of an appliance if it saves them a couple hundred dollars.


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