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.

Fort Collins, Colo. Springs Locations Donate to Fire Relief

Our stores are scattered throughout Colorado, some of which were affected by this summer’s wildfires in the Front Range. Two of our stores whose communities were most affected by the wildfires donated a portion of their profits to select organizations making a huge impact on the rebuilding process.

Fort Collins store manager Robert Reussow (right) and his daughter present their donation check to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.

Robert Reussow, manager of our Fort Collins location, chose the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department for his store’s $2,217.55 donation. The High Park Fire destroyed an estimated $24 million in damage during much of June and July this summer. The damage included 259 homes in the Fort Collins area, and thousands of acres of local state parks. Not only were the Rist Canyon firefighters first on the scene to the High Park Fire, but they continued to fight for their community, even after losing one of their fire stations.

Click here to make your own donation to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.

Not long after the High Park Fire hit Fort Collins, another devastating fire hit our neighbors in Colorado Springs. About 32,000 residents and businesses (including our store) were ordered to evacuate after the Waldo Canyon Fire made its way into neighborhoods. The Waldo Canyon Fire burned an estimated $352.6 million and was declared the most expensive fire in Colorado history.

Kevin Haney from our Colorado Springs store presenting his donation check to Tom Gonzales, CEO of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Kevin Haney, manager of our Colorado Springs store, recently dropped off his store’s donation to the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross. is a trusted name in natural disaster relief, and its Pikes Peak Chapter provided shelters and other assistance to those who lost homes and evacuees.

Click here to make your own donation to the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross.

We applaud the efforts of the Rist Canyon firefighters and the Red Cross in helping rebuild their communities. We’re also proud of Robert, Kevin and their sales teams for their contributions.

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses Doubles Christmas in July Food Donations

A shot of Metro CareRing's urban garden and office on 18th Ave. & Downing St. in downtown Denver.

The spirit of giving isn’t just for the winter months.

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses donated more than double its total from last year’s Christmas in July Food Drive. Food donations were collected on behalf of Metro CareRing, a hunger relief nonprofit in downtown Denver.

Two 50-gallon barrels were given to each of our 12 locations in Colorado to help collect nonperishable food items throughout the month of July. Most of our stores were able to collect at least one barrel full of food, and several stores went above and beyond their original collection goals. Hundreds of our customers pitched in (and they got a nice little discount if they did), and so did many of our 300 employees.

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

The Christmas in July Food Drive was started by one of those employees—John Higgins, our marketing production manager, whose wife is a social worker in Denver and works closely with the organization.

“All too often I’ve heard her stories about school age children being forced to go without because school lunch programs are suspended when school is not in session,” Higgins said. “With the aid of my coworkers and our generous customers, I feel like we are reaching the people who truly require the most help.”

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.

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses is proud to contribute to a community that has helped the company grow so quickly in the last 26 years. As a provider of affordable kitchen and laundry appliances, we value easier access to food for Colorado families.

Donations of food and toiletries are accepted by Metro CareRing Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the door marked “Deliveries” behind the building at 18th Ave. and Downing St. For more information on donating pantry items, please call Pantry Staff at 303-350-3663. If you or someone you know needs food assistance or related services, contact Metro CareRing at 303-860-7200.

Waldo Canyon Fire Fundraiser

We were relieved to hear the Waldo Canyon Fire was finally 100 percent contained this week. Although our Colorado Springs store was in an evacuation area, we’re happy to report our employees and their families are safe.

The Waldo Canyon Fire was the most destructive in Colorado history. Some fast facts about the damage caused by the fire:

A photo taken by one of our employees from our Colorado Springs store on June 24. Our store evacuated shortly after this was taken.

  • The fire blazed from June 23 until declared fully contained on July 10.
  • 18,247 acres, containing 347 homes, were destroyed.
  • Most of those homes were valued at more than $110 million, according to an El Paso County assessor.

Our community is very important to us. Our Colorado Springs store will donate 5 percent of its profits from the week of July 15–July 21 to the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross. You can also make your own contribution here.

Top 10 Most Wanted Food Pantry Items

We’re in the middle of our annual Christmas in July Food Drive, which runs from now until July 28. Your donations benefit Denver hunger relief organization Metro CareRing, one of the largest food pantries in Denver.

The Christmas in July food collection box in our corporate office is already overflowing, thanks to our fantastic employees!

Here are the top 10 items requested by Metro CareRing’s patrons:
1. Hearty Soup (Meat or Vegetarian)
2. Canned Tuna
3. Canned Cooked Beans (pinto, black, refried)
4. Peanut Butter
5. Canned Mixed Vegetables
6. Canned Fruit
7. Canned Tomatoes
8. Whole grain pasta and mac & cheese
9. Pasta Sauce
10. Diapers

When you’re cleaning out your pantry this weekend, consider recycling your unwanted nonperishable food items by dropping them off at any of our 12 stores. If you decide to purchase something that day, give one of our sales team members a heads-up and you’ll get an extra $10 off your purchase on the spot.

Look for these food cans around your local Appliance Factory Outlet store.

It’s summer time, so many of your donations will go to kids who don’t receive a subsidized lunch from school (about half of Metro CareRing’s patrons are under 18). Most of these kids come from working families who earn an income but need a leg-up for self-sufficiency.

In addition to providing a food pantry to its community in downtown Denver, Metro CareRing also provides utility assistance, ID documentation and bus tokens to individuals for employment purposes, medical and social service appointments.

As a local business that strives to make quality home appliances more affordable, easy access to food in Colorado is a cause we at Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses care about deeply. If you or someone you know needs food assistance or other services, contact Metro CareRing at 303-860-7200 or visit them here.

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses Rated Fourth Largest Appliance-Only Store in U.S.

DENVER — Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses was ranked the fourth largest appliance-only store in the U.S. by TWICE magazine’s 2011 Top 100 Major Appliance Retailers Report, released June 18.

The report, which covers more than 90 percent of major appliance retailers throughout the U.S., is compiled annually by TWICE magazine and market research partner The Stevenson Company. The Denver-based appliance retail and repair company reported $50 million in revenues for 2011, a 19 percent jump from the previous year.

Major appliance retailers like Sears and Lowe’s (also known as “big box” retailers) stayed relatively flat, TWICE magazine reported. Appliance Factory Outlet’s success through a recession was the result of having great people, management and sound business decisions, said CEO Chuck Ewing.

“We’re able to provide better product, better pricing and better service and because of that, we give our customers a better value than our competitors across the board,” Ewing said. “Our customers choose to do business with us because they get more for their money.”

In addition to growth in revenues, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses expanded its Colorado presence with grand openings of three retail stores in the last year. The most recent opening was the June unveiling of a second flagship store in Parker, Colo., and two grand openings of brand-new stores in Littleton and Centennial.

About Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses
Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses, owned and operated in Denver, is the nation’s fourth largest appliance-only retailer and a leading appliance parts and repairs service with 12 stores throughout Colorado. CEO Chuck Ewing started the company from his garage in 1986 and grew it into a successful business employing 300 people.

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EXCLUSIVE: Q & A With Denver Legend Karl Mecklenburg

Karl Mecklenburg is a legend.

Not only did he rise above a low draft pick to become a six-time Pro Bowler and a Ring of Famer, but he’s become a prominent community leader since his retirement from the NFL in 1994. Mecklenburg has since started his own community outreach organization the REACH Foundation, which provides Denver area youth with educational opportunities and resources. He’s also author of “Heart of a Student Athlete,” a motivational book for young athletes, as well as their families and coaches. He currently resides in Littleton with his family.

Appliance Factory Outlet is honored to host the local legend and leader at our grand opening event in Parker on June 9. He’s stopping by at noon to sign autographs.

We caught up with Karl to get his thoughts on the new Broncos offense under Peyton Manning and life in Colorado.

Mecklenburg says he’s “excited about the possibilities that Manning brings to the Denver Broncos.” Photo: Karl Mecklenburg.

What do you love most about living in Colorado?

The two things I love most about living in Colorado are the people and the land. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world and am always excited to get back to my honest, outgoing, and caring friends and family here in Colorado. I’m an outdoorsman and love the wilderness we have in Colorado. I’ve hiked, skied, camped, hunted, and fished all over this great state from the Sangre de Cristos to the Pawnee Grasslands.

 

What inspires you?

People who step up and come through when it’s crunch time inspire me. We all have points of time in our lives when we have opportunities to do and say the right thing. It’s often difficult and costly but I’m inspired whenever I see it. 

Give us your thoughts on the upcoming season under Manning.

I’m excited about the possibilities that Manning brings to the Denver Broncos. There is an urgency and accountability that his leadership will bring to the team. Offensive teammates will be asked to be mentally sharp and committed beyond what they have had to be in the past. Manning will put them in the best plays and give them the opportunity to become a dominant offense.

We have to ask: What’s in your refrigerator?

My refrigerator holds fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, milk, sauces and dressings, a few leftovers, tortillas and bread.

Any advice for young athletes in Colorado?

Young athletes should have fun. Be a great teammate and try to improve your skills a little every day.

Meet Karl at our grand opening event for our new flagship store in Parker on June 9. Details are here.

We’re Having a Party!

Come on out to the FREE grand opening event of our new store in Parker. We’re hosting celebrity guests, a free vintage car show, food and drinks from our local boy scout troops and tons of kids’ activities! Here’s what’s happening:

  • Meet-and-greet and free autographs with six-time Pro Bowler Denver Bronco Karl Mecklenburg from noon until 2 p.m.
  • A visit from Dora the Explorer’s cousin Diego, star of hit TV series “Go, Diego, Go!”
  • FREE vintage car show!
  • Food and drinks supporting our local Boy Scouts of America!

The party starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. on June 9. The address is 19185 E. Lincoln Ave. in Parker. See you there!

P.S. Check out our TV spot:

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses is on Channel 9 News

9News Reporter Jennifer Ryan gets our CEO Chuck Ewing ready for his close-up during the initial filming of the interview April 28.

Our CEO Chuck Ewing was profiled on the Channel 9 News morning show on Friday, May 13 by Jennifer Ryan. Just in case you missed it, here’s an excpert from the online blurb:

STARTING OVER: Appliance Factory Outlet
If you grew up in Colorado, you have likely heard of a store called Appliance Factory Outlet. It has been around for a quarter of a century, which is a big accomplishment when it comes to small businesses.

 ”Business has been good,” Appliance Factory Chief Executive Officer Chuck Ewing said.

Ewing is a fourth generation Coloradan. His multi-million dollar business has been helping families find affordable appliances for 25 years. But if you ask him, becoming a profitable salesman was never part of Ewing’s master plan.

“I just stumbled into the appliance business really,” Ewing said. “I started selling appliances because I wanted to support my music career.”

Read more and see the video here!