The Warm Store in ownership transition
High-end heating specialist The Warm Store is in the process of transitioning to new ownership.
Bryan Myers, an employee since November 2014, will be taking over from longtime owner Steve Jensen of Mountain Top Builders.
Based in Tabernash, The Warm Store purveys wood, gas, pellet and electric stoves, fireplaces and inserts from brands like Hearthstone, Fireplace Xtrordinair and Lopi, Myers said.
Myers has lived in the Fraser Valley since 1997 and has worked as a ski instructor, carpenter and landscaper.
The Warm Store has a showroom at 67 County Road 524 in Tabernash where customers can preview a variety of heating products.
The store’s range of products start at around $4,000 for a completely installed system, and The Warm Store caters to both new construction and current homeowners interested in a new fireplace, stove or insert, Myers said.
The Warm Store is a National Fireplace Institute certified installer.
For those considering a new system, now is the best time to get started, Myers said.
The store’s busiest seasons are fall and winter, and wait times for installation can be lengthy if you haven’t gotten your foot in the door.
“Don’t wait till the snow flies to think about your heating needs,” Myers said.
Assisting Myers are employees Hal Jaeke, Jensen Hill and Chris Hill.
Jaeke, a former subcontractor, shipwright and Fraser Valley resident since 1995, has been with The Warm Store since early spring 2015.
His experience and relationships with local builders is an indispensable tool for the business, Myers said.
Jaeke has “been learning a lot,” he said.
“I’m also interested in learning the service aspect of it because I feel that if I know the product better, I can sell it better and inform people about it,” Jaeke said.
The Warm Store works closely with other businesses in the hearth industry, including local chimney sweeps, and refers a lot of work to other local companies, Jaeke said.
“We’re all working together,” he said.
Though the business is “taking baby steps right now,” Jaeke said The Warm Store hopes to possibly add another installer in the future.
The Warm Store’s showroom in Tabernash is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
However, due to consistent growth in building this year and, as a result, an increased demand for services, Myers recommended calling ahead for those planning to make an out-of-the-way trip to The Warm Store.
Also due to an increased demand, The Warm Store is seeking qualified hearth professionals for potential employment, Myers said.
For more information about The Warm Store, call 970-726-5546 or visit thewarmstore.net.
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