Glenwood Springs’ MacXprts store to log off
Post Independent staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The MacXprts store at the corner of Cooper and Eighth streets is closing its doors for good on Saturday, May 25.
But the chairman of the board of the company, which has seven locations around the U.S., said on Monday that he will continue to offer support and expertise to the 1,000 or so customers he has in the Roaring Fork Valley region.
And, said MacXprts CEO Duane Burghard, he is still hoping to work out a deal so that someone will take over his business and provide his Mac customers with a store in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The store in Glenwood Springs has been in business, under different managements, since 2009, but the MacXprts store took over from the previous business, MacBytes, in 2001.
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Speaking from one of his stores in Wisconsin, Burghard told the Post Independent, “The decision to close a location for us is always the hardest, most painful, difficult thing we do.”
While not getting into specifics, he said a combination of low profits and personnel issues, as well as his company’s move into cloud-related services, led to the decision to close the Glenwood store down.
He said he laments the fact that it will leave some people unemployed and will leave his Macintosh customers somewhat stranded.
But there are other options for Mac owners in the valley.
For example, the iPro Center, 520 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, is an authorized sales and service outlet for Macintosh products, operated by manager and lead technician Stowman Stines.
There also are Macintosh support businesses run from home offices, such as Computer Techs, operated by longtime valley resident Archie MacLean, at 925-2961.
In addition, there is The Mac Man, Steve Elman, who lives in Paonia but has customers in both the Roaring Fork and North Fork river valleys, as well as in Telluride, Montrose and Grand Junction.
Elman, contacted by the Post Independent on Monday, said he has approximately 1,300 clients. He can be reached at 970-963-MACS (963-6227).
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