Business ‘slow but steady,’ gone in fire
By EMILY ANDERSON
Jim Nichols had the same staff for almost 20 years at Nichols House of Carpet and hoped to have them working at 177 E. First St. in Delta for years to come.
That dream ended Saturday night when a fire began at the store and rendered it and a neighboring business, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, total losses. Nichols said he is not sure whether he will reopen the store in another location.
Nichols said public support has been overwhelming. Condolences poured in about every 10 minutes Sunday and Monday, said Nichols, who lives in Eckert.
The business had loyal customers. Nichols said the store had 61 percent repeat business this year.
“Even though our business was slow, it was still steady,” he said.
Nichols dismissed Colorado Secretary of State business records that show his business was dissolved twice by the secretary’s office.
“All that says it that my bookkeeper forgot to file something,” he said.
Delta’s chief of police, Robert Thomas, said fire, police and insurance investigators hoped to determine a cause of the fire by today.
“We’re still not sure if arson or some other issue in the building caused the fire,” Thomas said.