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Christine Ina Casillas
Vail Daily/Ken LawdermilkThe Home Depot in Avon is making final preparations for its grand opening today at 5 p.m. Managers say the 120,000-square-foot home-improvement center - the first "big box" store in Eagle County - has about 35,000 different products stocked and ready for customers.
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“After the ribbon-cutting, the customers can feel free to shop or look around or anything,” Swenson said.

The 120,000-square-foot home-improvement center, the first “bix box” in Eagle County, will encompass The Home Depot’s newest merchandising and design elements, he says. The garden center alone, he says, occupies about 30,000 square feet.

“If we don’t carry an item on the shelf, then we can order it,” he says. “We definitely cater from the low to the high end of items.”

Known for its selection of home-improvement products, about 35,000 different products are being stocked at the store, he says

“The paint department can match any color, any time, based on the customers’ needs,” he says.

The store provides full showrooms for kitchens, bath and appliances with almost every brand on the market, he said. The kitchen and bath showroom highlights the newest trends in design and several designers are on staff to help customers with decorating needs.

While the store mainly carries hardware, lumber and building materials, the Avon store has a tool rental center, too, as well as an interior design unit for flooring, lighting and paint, he says.

Installation; instruction

The store also provides installation services for carpet, hardwood flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops, exterior doors, garage doors, among others, he said.

The Home Depot, Nestled close to Interstate 70, has hired 130 full-time employees, as well as brought in about 30 specialists “to make sure they’re trained to help ensure the service level in the building is at standard,” he says.

The store also offers free do-it-yourself clinics, including how to lay ceramic tile, decorative painting techniques and basic electrical and plumbing work, he said.

But for the grand opening today, the store intends to showcase about 30 specific items for “crazy buys,” he says. Snowblowers, for example, are on the list of items that are being sold “at the wrong time of year but a great deal.”

Catered by the Outback Steakhouse, the ceremony and community night will begin at 5 p.m., where there will be vendor demonstrations, product giveaways and grand-opening specials all night, he says.

Access

Until access points on U.S. Highway 6 and Interstate 70 are completed, there is only one way in and one way out of the The Home Depot, says Jacquie Halburnt, assistant manager for the town of Avon. Residents and customers alike need to use East Beaver Creek Boulevard, which has been extended east past City Market in Avon and curved around the old Stolport runway. Access also is possible via Chapel Place, the road in front of Wal-Mart that extends east to the Outback Restaurant and Chapel Square. Chapel Place ends at East Beaver Creek Boulevard.

Another access from U.S. Highway 6 at Nottingham Ranch Road is still under construction, as is a roundabout there that should be completed within the coming weeks. The new full-diamond interchange at I-70 should open by the end of July.

Obstacles

The Home Depot managers had expected to open early, May 1, but the Avon Town Council quashed that idea, preferring to ensure the access roads to the building and transportation for employees were well in order.

Traer Creek LLC, the developer, approached the Town Council in April about opening the store early and using East Beaver Creek Boulevard as its main access until the roads were fully completed around its original opening date May 15. Workers already have stocked the store and requested the modification under an existing building permit for an early opening, which was not granted.

At the time, the council questioned the safety of construction activities and their correlation with the general public. The council also questioned how the company would provide transportation for its employees, as well as relocating the construction trailers from the main access road at East Beaver Creek Boulevard.

There will be no consideration, meanwhile, of an early opening for the neighboring Wal-Mart Supercenter, scheduled to open July 16.

Access and opening ceremony

– Grand opening ceremonies for The Home Depot at the Village at Avon will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, at the store on 0295 Yoder Avenue. The store officially opens Thursday at 6 a.m.

– East Beaver Creek Boulevard is the only access road into The Home Depot. The boulevard has been extended past the City Market in Avon and curves around the old Stolport runway. People also can access East Beaver Creek Boulevard at Chapel Place, the street in front of Wal-Mart that extends east toward the Chapel Square shopping center.

– For more information, call 748-9483.

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607 or at ccasillas@vaildaily.com.


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