Meeks opens in Meyers |

Meeks opens in Meyers

Susan Wood

Shiny titanium hammers lining the walls, neatly stacked lumber in a sprawling yard – it’s enough to make a builder salivate.

Such is the case at the new Meeks home improvement center, which opened on U.S. Highway 50 in Meyers Monday.

By 2 p.m. the parking lot was filled with builders on the job and homeowners eager to dig into their gardens.

“I watched the extended (weather) forecast, and there’s not a freeze in sight,” April Altman said, pulling her car out of the lot with pansies and poppies.

Altman, who started thinking seriously about the planting season last week, noticed her Christmas Valley neighbor planting the bright flowers in the yard that morning and asked her where she got the floral delights.

“Looks like our soft opening got loud,” said Manager Mike Willford, assigned to run the new 20,000-square-foot store with the one in South Lake Tahoe.

There’s no date set yet for a grand opening, Willford said. In the meantime, the retailer is still working out the nuts and bolts of opening, he added.

A chipper staff of 40 employees greeted customers in the Meyers store, which had the smell of a new building. Some of the 107 employees working at the two stores came from the store on Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

Meeks, The Builder’s Choice, took over the Meyers site four months ago from the bankrupt Supply One.

Willford, who’s preoccupied with learning the computer system that links Meeks’ two stores, is unconcerned about dismal earnings reports from other home improvement centers.

From the layout of the store to the merchandise, the store caters to a “different market that’s more tied to new construction.” And in Lake Tahoe, this is still a hot marketplace, he noted.

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