Eric Yetzer: Arms open to the big boxes |

Eric Yetzer: Arms open to the big boxes

Eric Yetzer
Blue River

You consider Silverthorne a rural area. According to, the average annual daily traffic in 2008 was 29,100 vehicles. I think that makes the I-70 interchange in Silverthorne, where a new Lowe’s and Home Depot is proposed, one of the busiest in the state. That sounds more like a suburban area to me. With proper planning on Silverthorne’s part, I feel the increase in traffic will be handled well. You ask the readers of your letter to support and shop local businesses. I couldn’t agree more, but competition is good for the consumer and having a “big box” in the area doesn’t mean that I will completely stop patronizing those businesses.

I live in Blue River so my closest “hardware” store is the Breckenridge Building Center which, while nice and new, is lacking in a lot of items I need at times and the price is much higher. Their hours are also very limited compared to a “big box.” You also mention tax revenues. Yes, it’s a fact of life that towns depend on taxes collected from businesses, so why should another town, such as Avon, get taxes from the money I would spend there? Seems to me Silverthorne deserves my tax dollars more because I live in Summit County and not Eagle County. I also feel pretty confident that both stores would hire locals and not farm for employees out of the area. Another win-win for us.

One thing I would ask the “big boxes” is for the new stores to please build “green.” And one thing I would ask you: Would you continue to travel to Avon, Evergreen or Denver to purchase supplies that are not readily available in Summit County if we have a “big box” in Silverthorne? My arms are open for the “big boxes”!

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