Maureen and Dan Hebard, owners of Alpine Electronics in downtown Steamboat Springs, will shut their doors for the final time this Saturday evening. The store has operated in downtown since 1989.

Photo by John F. Russell

Maureen and Dan Hebard, owners of Alpine Electronics in downtown Steamboat Springs, will shut their doors for the final time this Saturday evening. The store has operated in downtown since 1989.

Alpine Electronics closing

Downtown store, open since '89, shutting doors this weekend

Advertisement

photo

Alpine Electronics, which has been located in downtown Steamboat Springs since 1989, will close its doors for the final time Saturday.

— Alpine Electronics in downtown Steamboat Springs plans to shut down after Saturday.

"The downtown location doesn't work as well for us because there's no parking," said Maureen Hebard, who owns the store with her husband, Dan. "We're more of a destination store rather than a tourist store."

The two have run the store at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue since 1989. At that time, it was affiliated with RadioShack. The store split off from that retailer in 2002, Dan Hebard said.

The in-store stock at Alpine Electronics is thinning, Hebard said, but some speakers, wires and other items still are available. From Tuesday to May 1, the store will sell fixtures such as display cases.

Doing business in downtown Steamboat has gotten costly, Dan Hebard said. The couple also said larger retailers were tough on business.

"There was pressure from big box stores, which we dealt with pretty well," Dan Hebard said. "We dealt pretty well with Wal-Mart, but Staples has been hard. They have a great selection, bigger than we do."

The Hebards said an art gallery likely was to take over the Alpine Electronics spot, but the potential suitors said they were not ready to confirm that.

The couple will slow down, but Dan Hebard said he still plans to volunteer and to work with high-definition TVs and satellite dishes.

"I had an exit plan, and my exit plan was to go more full time in the satellite business and be involved with the calibration of audio and video equipment, which takes specialized equipment," he said.

Hebard said he does that work independently through the Home Acoustics Alliance and the Imaging Science Foundation.

As far as timing goes, the end of the ski season is perfect for closing up shop, he said.

"Most people are going to be packing up their Winnebagos and filling them up with gas, if they can afford it, and going to the desert or wherever they go," he said. "It's just a good time for us to be leaving. It's our slack season, our swing season."

Dan Hebard said that he and his wife were ready and willing to leave the business, for the most part.

"We're really going to miss the customers we've had over the years here in town," he said. "They mean a lot to us, and we've gotten a lot of comments from them. We really appreciate their loyalty and friendship over the years."

Comments

digit1964 6 years, 5 months ago

Staples took down another one!! I will give Post Net 15 months max!! Any others out there?

0

palemorningdunn 6 years, 5 months ago

Fox,

You mean a bailout like your Repulbican boys gave Bears Stearns???.

0

MtnWarlock 6 years, 5 months ago

It is always sad when a mom and pop business closes its doors. I have lived in Steamboat for almost three decades and have seen many come and go! I will miss Dan and Maureen. I shopped there a lot and watched their children grow with the business. I wish them well in their future ventures. Thanks for all the great years of service! You will be missed!

0

Fox 6 years, 5 months ago

Captialism at work. Two Radio Shack stores was one to much for a small town. That may be why Alpine got out of Radio Schank in 2002, before Staples was here. I could never find the items I needed in stock in this store. Had to go to the one next to City Market. But it was reallly nice when Staples opened , now I don't have to drive to Denver to find what I need when these tiny local stores don't have it.

It looks like Staples employes more people than Alpine did, I see this as a good thing for more jobs. What is bad news for some folks is good news for others, No govenrment bail out here, you compete in business, if you can't compete you move on.

You have to respect Dan for not whinnig and looking for tax payers to bail him out. He has an exit plan and was thinking ahead. Progess is inveitable. I wish him the best in his new business.

0

424now 6 years, 5 months ago

I will miss Alpine electronics. It was always a toy store for me. Dan and Maureen I thank you for your contribution to the community and I wish you well.

Good luck and may God bless you.

0

ColoradoNative 6 years, 5 months ago

Well if you read the article it said that parking was their main issue.

It's time to build a parking garage downtown and get the locals out of their cars.

0

dave reynolds 6 years, 5 months ago

I bought my first computer there..aleays found cooltoys for my daughter too..will mis it very much.by the way Radio Shack at Central Park didn't have half the stuff this guys did

0

colowoodsman 6 years, 5 months ago

Fox, your post is written like a true capitalist pig. Do you really expect us to belive that you "drive to Denver to find what (you) need when the tiny local stores don't have it"? Do you expect us to belive you don't have long distance telephone service and have never heard of the internet or UPS? You must be one of those NEW locals that wants to live in the mountains but only as long as you can do so with 7-11 convenience. In other words 'cheap labor' to satisfy your every whim. BTW, if your going to promote c-a-p-i-t-a-l-i-s-m you should learn how to spell it!

0

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.