Holiday Food Drive Begins!

Steve and Anthony, sales associates from our East Evans Ave. location, show off the loot they've collected for the 2012 Christmas in July Food Drive before shipping it off to Metro CareRing in Denver.

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses is kicking of its annual Holiday Food Drive. From now until Christmas, shoppers will receive a $10 discount on the spot when they bring in four or more nonperishable food items to any of our 12 locations. Donations benefit Metro CareRing, a hunger relief nonprofit in Denver.

In addition to providing nutritious food and other items for stabilizing individuals and families in need, Metro CareRing also promotes self-sufficiency by providing utilities assistance and transportation, and identification documentation. Utilizing over 160 ongoing volunteers and a small paid staff, Metro CareRing provides 152,473 services each year. For more information, give Metro CareRing a “Like” on Facebook.

Local Retail Businesses Forced to Open Thanksgiving Day to Compete With Big-Box Stores

DENVER— Big-box stores pushing Black Friday hours to Thanksgiving are forcing local businesses to sacrifice tradition to keep pace for the holiday shopping season.

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses will for the first time open Thanksgiving Day at 8:30 p.m. – midnight. The stores will reopen the morning of Black Friday at 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closing on Thanksgiving Day the previous year hurt sales tremendously, said CEO Chuck Ewing.

“Our tradition was to stay closed on Thanksgiving so our employees could enjoy time with their families, but market trends led by giant national chains have changed that,”Ewingsaid. “We’re reluctant to open on a holiday, but it’s what we have to do to stay competitive.”

Appliance Factory Outlet’s Black Friday deals include:

  • Maytag Centennial High Efficiency Washer and Dryer, $389 each
  • Serta Complete Plush Bed Set (mattress, sheets, box spring and bed frame) only $299
  • LG Stainless Steel French door refrigerator $1199 plus FREE Android tablet
  • LG Stainless Steel Front Load Laundry Pair $1299 plus FREE Android tablet
  • LG side-by-side refrigerators in assorted colors $699
  • Stainless Steel dishwasher only $249

Appliance Factory Outlet Introduces Price Guarantee

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses is proud to announce its new Price Guarantee: Our customers are guaranteed the lowest price or your appliance is FREE!

Our buying power helps our customers get 30-60 percent off the manufacturer’s home appliances and mattresses. Appliance Factory Outlet buys overstocked appliances directly from manufacturers at substantial discounts, and then passes along the savings to our customers.

Terms and conditions: If you find a lower locally advertised identical, in-stock item we will beat the price. Excludes bid pricing, special orders, volume discounts, open box, labor/installation, rebates, free offers, errors in advertising and online purchases.

Score FREE Appliances if Denver Shuts Out Oakland

Ten years ago, our CEO Chuck Ewing came up with the crazy idea to give away $1,000,000 in free products if Denver’s defense could hold its archrivals in Oakland to zero points.

Today, our Denver Vs. Oakland challenge has become one of our largest fall events. After all, who doesn’t love football and free appliances? Here’s how does it works:

  • Purchase any appliance between $449 and $3,000 from now until Saturday, Sept. 29. Check out some of our sale products here.
  • If Denver shuts out Oakland, bring in your receipt for a full reimbursement of your purchase. Check out full challenge details here.

Meet Our Olympian: Mehdi Addadi

For competitors and viewers alike, the summer games unites the world in the spirit of competition. For Mehdi Addadi, the games provided a chance to travel the world, achieve results through discipline and to use his training to embark on a fulfilling career.

Mehdi Addadi (center, in white) warming up before his 100m backstroke event in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Mehdi (pronounced “MEH-heh-dee”), a staff accountant from the corporate office of Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses in Denver, represented his home country Algeria for the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. Competitive swimming brought him to theU.S., where he made his mark through multiple athletic accomplishments, a degree through a swimming scholarship and a fulfilling career in financial services.

“I like to apply the discipline and hard work I’ve learned [through competitive swimming] to my career,” he said.

Mehdi’s journey to Sydney began at age 9, while swimming recreationally with his brother in the local pool in his native city Algiers, Algeria. A coach spotted the two and asked them to join the local swim team.

College swimming days, when Mehdi broke several school records and qualified to go to the games in Sydney in 2000.

Success at the local level had Mehdi thinking globally at a very young age. At the age of 19 in 1997, he received a scholarship to the Bolles School, a private academy in Jacksonville, Fla. known for its athletics. His family stayed behind in Algeria, but supported his move to the U.S so he could reach his goals.

“Coming to the the age of 19 was hard for my mother, but at the same time [my parents] were very supportive and they knew I had it in my heart.”

At the Bolles School, Mehdi trained under Gregg Troy, the man responsible for producing dozens of international athletes including Ryan Lochte, the 27-year-old swimmer pitted this year against reigning champ Michael Phelps. While Mehdi reached his goal of becoming a faster swimmer, he didn’t break any records at Bolles.

Still, others noticed his potential. Recruiters from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County offered him a swimming scholarship and his career took off. In 1999, Mehdi qualified and won the 100m backstroke event in the All-Africa Games, a multi-sporting event for athletes from all over the African continent. It was there he qualified to go toSydneythe following year as one of just two swimmers to represent his home country.

Mehdi in the news shortly after his return from Sydney, Australia. "It was a great and amazing feeling to represent Algeria," he said.

“It was a great and amazing feeling to represent Algeria,” he said. “The most memorable part was to have athletes from all over the world in one place, competing with the best, to be there watching it and being part of that environment.”

Mehdi still holds the record at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for the 50-yard freestyle sprint, and has been inducted in the school’s Hall of Fame.

While he no longer swims, he remains a competitive athlete, having completed several triathlons including a Half Iron Man event. Most recently, he’s focused on running and ran the 2012 Bolder Boulder the 10k event in 42 minutes with little training. He has a goal next year of running the event in less than six minutes per mile.


Ask Mehdi

Which event are you most excited about in London?
I’m looking forward to seeing the competition and medals between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. Ryan’s been swimming as long as Michael Phelps, and Michael has been steadily improving since his first participation in the 2004 Games.  It is hard enough to maintain that level of performance, but to continually find ways to improve is very impressive!”

What’s your favorite thing to eat while training? 
I like Gatorade after a workout. Seafood is my favorite food, especially salmon.

What do you love most about Colorado?
The people are very pleasant and I like the outdoor activities.

Who do you admire most?
My parents. They have always been there along the way. They were very supportive from day one.