Saturday, January 31, 2004
Dan and Diane LeFevre are combining their talents in a new business venture.
Dan LeFevre has worked in construction for years, including about 10 years in Steamboat Springs. Two years ago, he built a home south of Hayden for his family.
Diane LeFevre has worked as an accountant about the same length of time that Dan has been in construction.
The two recently opened a hardware store east of Hayden.
With many planned developments in the area, including Grassy Creek Ranch, Sunburst Ranch, Hidden Springs Ranch, and smaller residential developments in Hayden, the couple realized the developments will create a demand for building supplies and realized that with their professional experience, they could open a successful business catering to that demand.
Success is not here yet, though. Hayden Building Supply opened its doors Dec. 10 in the old bowling alley at 11735 U.S. Highway 40, about half a mile west of the entrance to Yampa Valley Regional Airport. They opened despite knowing that construction is slow in the winter.
"It's slow now, and we knew it would be slow," Diane LeFevre said. "We just wanted people to see it and know it's there. We wanted people to come in and say hi. We've been listening to people to hear what they want to see in the store so they don't have to go to Craig or Steamboat."
Hayden Building Supply is equipped with most basic tools, manual and electric, and the store is organized neatly. The LeFevres are continuing to build their inventory and make final renovations to the building.
The LeFevres are meeting with contractors from all over Routt County, letting them know about their business, its location and prices that will be competitive with other local building suppliers, Diane LeFevre said.
"We will emphasize taking care of the contractors and all the little people," Dan LeFevre said. "We can do it for everybody. We can get the big industrial machines, parts and equipment and the small things. We will have almost everything a homeowner would ever need, and I have the experience to help those who might not know what they need or what they need to do."
So while Dan helps customers in the sales tasks at the store, Diane will work the books.
"He built our house, and that's a field where you have to know a lot, like what things are called," Diane LeFevre said. "I don't know any of that. I guess we complement each other."
The couple said they saw the location of the building in proximity to so much development and the airport and "thought it would be perfect."
"We saw the need for it," Diane LeFevre said. "There's a lot of growth going on out there. We've heard a lot of positives -- people are happy to see us there."
Diane said she is pulling her hair out preparing for tax season, but she is glad that taxes will be over just in time for building season, when the LeFevres hope beginning project builders will keep the phone ringing and the store busy.
"We're excited; this town is really growing," Diane LeFevre said.
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