Retail in transition
The retail sector of the local economy is going through a transition in San Juan County. In the past week, it was announced that Alco is going out of business.
The company, which operates stores in Blanding and Moab, began a liquidation sale on November 20. Alco has operated in Blanding for approximately five years. More than 100 stores are being closed nationwide in a wide-ranging bankruptcy action.
At the same time, Redds True Value store in Blanding is in the final stages of becoming a Redds Ace Hardware. The store has been entirely remerchandised over the past few weeks. The dust is settling, and the Ace Hardware product line is ready to roll ahead.
In addition, work will begin soon on a 10,000 square foot addition to the store. The new portion of the building will be constructed to the north of the existing building. The new floor space will nearly double the square footage of the building.
The store began as the Grayson Co-op in 1908. Parley Redd began working there more than 100 years ago and eventually purchased the business from the Co-op.
The business has been affiliated with True Value for 25 years.
Dallin Redd, the current manager of the business, states that becoming an Ace Hardware store will benefit the business and its customers alike.
“Ace Hardware has a far bigger presence than True Value, both nationally and in Utah,” said Redd.
Redd said the new construction should be completed within several months.