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The Lamar County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Colortyme’s new ownership this past Friday by holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the store’s re-grand opening.
After working for owner George Fisher for 25 years, Chris Vickers decided to purchase the rent-to-own franchise from his boss. He purchased the store with partners Lyle and Diane Edwards on November 1, 2012.
“I decided I wanted to do something for my retirement,” Vickers told the Extra. “And instead of working for someone else, I wanted to figure out a way to work for myself.”
Vickers had been running the Colortyme store, located on 2060 Lamar Avenue, for several years before his decision to purchase the store as part of his retirement.
“I’ve done this for 25 years,” Vickers said. “This is all I know.”
Once he purchased the store, Vickers began a complete remodel of the rent-to-own franchise’s showroom, which has been well-received since completion.
“The remodel is now up-to-date,” Vickers said. “We’ve had incredible sales numbers and even more customers.”
Aside from revamping Colortyme’s showroom, Vickers and his staff’s main focus is the store’s slogan, “positively outrageous customer service”. Another goal for Colortyme is to help out the community, and that is something, Vickers says, his company will do a lot more of in the future.
The rent-to-own franchise offered pictures with Santa this past holiday season, taking over 140 pictures, and has asked customers to donate toys to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.
“This is a goal for me. We’ll do a lot more in the community,” Vickers told reporters. “It’s proven to be the right move.”