Demolition of Kremmling’s Winchester building imminent
Kremmling’s Winchester building will soon be no more as the property’s owner prepares to demolish the decades old structure in preparation for a new building and business venture.
Jason Savage, owner of Petrel Industries in Omaha, Neb., purchased the Winchester building in Kremmling several years ago with plans to relocate his machine shop business from the Great Plains to Colorado’s high country. The Winchester Store has occupied the property Savage purchased, located on the northwest corner of Eagle Avenue and 3rd Street in Kremmling, for several decades.
Savage said plans are currently in place to begin demolition of the building within coming days or weeks and construction is set to begin shortly after that time. Savage said he did not know the precise timeline for construction of his new business facility, which will be a metal building, but said he plans to move into the new space in September.
Savage’s new machine shop business in Kremmling, with a yet-to-be-determined name, will be the realization of a long held dream for the Nebraska business owner.
“I have always loved the mountains,” Savage said. “I have been a skier for a long time. Back in the 90s I lived in Westminster and Boulder. After coming back to Nebraska I have always wanted to get back out there. We finally decided we are going to make this happen.”
Savage said he is aware of the historic nature of the building and is considering plans to commemorate the building in some fashion and said he has a few options in mind. He said there has also been discussion of possible donating portions of the building’s siding to the Grand County Historical Association.
The store was part of a chain of hardware and general goods stores established by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company after World War I. The stores sold a variety of consumer goods beyond firearms but by the early 1930s Winchester Repeating Arms had gone bankrupt. The company was purchased by another entity shortly thereafter and refocused their business efforts on firearms and ammunition.
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