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Not a big box, but big nonetheless

DUFFY HAYES
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BRECKENRIDGE ” Frisco might have missed its chance to site a major new massive building supply and home improvement store, but a Breckenridge business is not waiting to fill the void, constructing their own version along the road between the two towns.

The family-owned Breckenridge Building Center, which has served local builders and contractors from their cramped 2.5-acre lot in north Breckenridge for more than 40 years, has plans for a lot more elbow room. They’ve begun construction on a new, sprawling 8-acre spread further north of town, along Highway 9 on the road to Frisco.

When completed, they’ll have a new 12,000 square-foot retail center (as compared to their 3,400 square-foot space now), a lumber yard three times the size of their current yard, as well as new offices for BBC staff and even living quarters for a store manager.

“We’re excited about it because we’ve been serving this community for more than 40 years, and we’re excited about the opportunity to serve them even better,” said Gary Kurmas, general manager. Kurmas also said that the additional space will mean the company can offer more and varied products throughout the new store.

Size matters, but a better location is a major improvement as well. If you’ve been to the current store lately, especially as construction has ramped up the in the area, that is rather obvious.

The new space will have an entrance right off of Highway 9 (near the current Stan Miller excavation business), so flow in and out of the new store will be much improved. They’ll also have a larger parking area and lumber yard to better serve customers as well.

Being a bit closer to Frisco won’t hurt, either.

“We’re hoping to be able to draw some more business from that community, as well as Breckenridge,” Kurmas said.

The timing of the project is interesting, as momentum for the expansion comes in the wake of Frisco voters’ repelling of big-box giant Home Depot in a special election late last year. While that vote was seen as a fairly definitive vote against big-box development in the town, the possibility always exists that another large retailer could choose another venue somewhere in Summit County.

“Are we concerned with competitors?” Kurmas asked. “Yes, it’s always in the back of your mind.”

“But this has been in the planning stages for a while now. I think our development, our growth within the community, was going to happen either way,” he said.

Construction of the new facility is being handled by Denver-based Himmelman Construction, who have already begun the necessary earth work operations, and will ramp up construction in July, according to president Barry Himmelman.

Himmelman originally employed local architects Baker Hogan Houx on design of the project, but has since redesigned the buildings for economical reasons. Himmelman said the design, however, “fits the environment really well,” and while it will include a pre-engineered metal fame, “it’s got all the trim on it, and a metal roof, and is very attractive.”

Kurmas called the design “traditional” and said it fits the profile of other Breckenridge businesses.

Breckenridge firm Robert J. Greenly has been retained to push the project through town planning channels, and there is still some permitting to be done before full construction, Himmelman said.

Himmelman hopes to have the construction project completely closed in by October, and final completion ” ready for opening ” in February of next year.

Duffy Hayes can be reached at (970) 668-4621, or at dhayes@summitdaily.com.


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