Pueblo’s Vac Shoppe to close after 41 years in business


Wolfgang Heyn, owner of The Vac Shoppe on North Elizabeth Street, stands at the store's entrance where a sign informs customers the shop will close at the end of May.

Wolfgang Heyn, operator of The Vac Shoppe on North Elizabeth Road, stands at the store’s entrance exactly where a indicator informs shoppers the store will close at the end of May possibly.

After 41 a long time correcting clogged or broken vacuum cleaners and acquiring stitching machines buzzing all over again, Wolfgang Heyn is closing The Vac Shoppe in Pueblo at the conclusion of the month.

“The remaining nail in the coffin was COVID, which impacted quite a few of my commercial accounts like dining places, accommodations and church buildings,” Heyn said. “I regret obtaining to shut, but for modest corporations, the resulting exorbitant freight costs and source chain hits have created it a actual challenge to remain in small business.”

When Heyn has tried out to buy provides like vacuum bags or belts, “most of the stuff was on back buy so I just couldn’t get it in,” he discussed.

Heyn, 82, crafted a popularity in Pueblo as a focused, quick and consistent vacuum and sewing equipment repairman, frequently getting employment completed by the next working day.

“I pleasure myself on executing the task in just 24 several hours even if I have to continue to be until eventually midnight to get it completed,” Heyn informed The Pueblo Chieftain.

He began the maintenance company in 1974. At the time, he and his wife Juanita ran 4 merchants in Colorado Metropolis, Walsenburg, Trinidad and Raton. When the coal mines closed, they moved to Pueblo and opened the Vac Shoppe and Necchi Sewing Center in King’s Plaza at the corner of Northern and Prairie the place Walgreens is today.

“I am the very last gentleman standing,” Heyn reported.

The Vac Shoppe owner Wolfgang Heyn works behind the counter of his store in Pueblo, which is going out of business at the end of May after 41 years.

The Vac Shoppe proprietor Wolfgang Heyn operates powering the counter of his retail store in Pueblo, which is heading out of company at the close of May perhaps soon after 41 decades.

Corporations fill the void

Listening to the information that The Vac Shoppe would close, Nathan Trujillo, proprietor of Kirby Company of Pueblo, reported his enterprise just started off supplying vacuum repair service. The Kirby Enterprise of Pueblo has been in organization for 25 a long time.

“We were just dealing with Kirby, but now we are going to endeavor to be servicing all brands of vacuums,” Trujillo reported.

Their company hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday by means of Friday and the small business cellphone is 719-546-7878.

Heyn reported the only Pueblo organization nonetheless offering sewing machine fix is Very first Stitches on Eagleridge Blvd, the cellphone variety for which is 719-225-8142.

The Vac Shoppe will continue to be open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until finally May well 31, the store’s past working day, Heyn stated. The business’s cellular phone quantity is 719-545-5561.

“I don’t have considerably to give – there are no extra vacuums and I hardly have any bags still left, but I am selling my paintings for 50 percent-price tag and have some modest appliances I am advertising far too,” he claimed.

“I want to thank all the people who did business with me. I delight in folks and that is what I will miss the most,” Heyn explained.

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Chieftain reporter Tracy Harmon handles business news. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or through Twitter at twitter.com/tracywumps.

This short article originally appeared on The Pueblo Chieftain: Vacuum, stitching equipment repair store in Pueblo to close after 41 a long time


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