True Value grand opening this weekend
Motorists driving on West Burlington in Fairfield have noticed the former HyVee building has a new marquee, signaling the arrival of a new business.
True Value opened its doors March 12. The company had been interested in coming to Fairfield for a long time, and found a suitable building last year.
Zach Sobek, the store’s manager, said True Value was interested in Fairfield because it was an “open market.”
“True Value has been looking at the Fairfield area for seven years,” he said. “The CEO came through here about six or seven years ago and said this town needs a True Value.”
Sobek said the company liked the fact the store could be on a busy road like Burlington Avenue.
Sobek said the business has done exceptionally well in its first month of operation.
“Things are fantastic,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for a better first couple of months.”
The store has not held its grand opening yet, which it has been saving for this weekend. The grand opening will last all weekend long, beginning Friday and ending Sunday. The store will have special hours during that time. It will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The ribbon cutting for the store will occur at 10 a.m. Friday. The store will serve free pork sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.
The store also will have special deals, such as a bag stuffer sale in which everything a customer can fit into a reusable bag will be 25 percent off.
Sobek said he hopes as many people as possible visit the store this weekend. He said True Value offers products in fields such as hardware, electrical, paint, mowers, blowers, plumbing, automotive, housewares and mattresses, among others.
Sobek said converting the building from a former HyVee store into True Value required considerable effort. He performed much of the remodeling himself and was able to recycle much of the old material to cut down on his trips to the landfill.