Discount Home Improvement Retail Store Outpaces Sales Goals by More Than 44 Percent
July 28, 2011, Denver, Colo. – With national retail sales on the upswing, Denver consumers are shopping for a good deal. The recently opened Go Green Warehouse, a discount home improvement materials store, is answering local shoppers’ demand for value.
National Denver-based nonprofit Veterans Green Jobs launched the Go Green Warehouse in May 2011. Within five weeks of the store’s opening, the Go Green Warehouse surpassed its projections by more than 44 percent in sales of home improvement materials. Items for sale range from appliances and furniture to bathroom fixtures and painting supplies. Income from retail sales supports Veterans Green Jobs, a nonprofit that promotes jobs for military veterans in environmental sustainability sectors.
The director of the Go Green Warehouse, Veronica Collin, attributes the store’s early success to two things: the economy and America’s compassion for military veterans. “We sell our products at up to 75 percent off retail, which is a welcome benefit for many homeowners today who want to make improvements to their home without spending a fortune,” she says.
“And, when people have the choice of taking their functional items to the landfill or donating them to a cause that supports military veterans, many choose to help our country’s service men and women,” Collin adds.
The 40,000-square foot warehouse, located at 2627 West 6th Avenue (at 6th Avenue and Bryant Street) sells new and used home improvement materials at heavily discounted prices. Income from the Go Green Warehouse financially supports Veterans Green Jobs’ job and training programs for military veterans seeking employment opportunities in sustainability sectors. Current programs provide skills and job training for veterans in outdoor conservation, home weatherization, and wind and solar energy.
Collin says that while a steady stream of customers are shopping at the Go Green Warehouse, her store needs to maintain a balance of donated products to fill the shelves. “We rely exclusively on donated materials from both individuals and corporations. We keep a close eye on making sure we always have stocked shelves so that customers keep coming back for more.” All donations are tax deductible.
Since January of this year, the Go Green Warehouse has hired four military veterans to work in the store full-time. These include an assistant store manager, a warehouse assistant, a warehouse driver and a cashier. Collin also relies heavily on help from community volunteers, who support a variety of warehouse duties ranging from pricing products to greeting customers and stocking shelves.
To donate to the Go Green Warehouse, call 720-236-1340. Donations are picked up at no cost. Interested volunteers may sign up for a morning or afternoon shift on the store’s website http://www.gogreenwarehouse.org/Volunteer-Green-Building.html.