Couple to buy YVRA shops |

Couple to buy YVRA shops

Roksolana McFadden taking over Hangar stores with husband

Blythe Terrell

Tammie Hintze folds T-shirts on Tuesday afternoon at the gift shop in the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

— Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s gift shops are set to change hands.

Roksolana and Brian McFadden plan to take over the Hangar gift shop and the Hangar Express, which are considered one store. The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved the switch Tuesday, pending an OK from the county’s finance officials.

Current owner Ben Gero recently closed his Design of the Times store in Steamboat Springs, citing a desire to retire. Gero was unable to attend the discussion Tuesday. His broker representative, Peter Remy, said the move at the Hayden airport also “was a retirement decision.”

Roksolana McFadden, who lives south of Hayden at Sage Creek, said she has managed the stores for nearly three years. She said she was looking forward to taking over the business.

McFadden plans few changes, though she would like to add local artisans’ products to the inventory.

“There are certain artisans possibly in the valley that would have an outlet for handmade goods that might be of interest to people who don’t live in Colorado,” McFadden said.

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The switch isn’t a criticism of Gero’s retail strategy, she said, which she said had been successful.

McFadden said she was not concerned about the lagging economy as she planned her takeover of the Hangar units. The main gift shop is outside the security gates, and the Express is inside.

“There’s definitely highs and lows in whatever business exists out there,” McFadden said. “You just have to be prepared, which we are.”

Other YVRA news

Also at Tuesday’s commissioners meeting, the panel approved a purchase order for construction of airline gate counters at YVRA. Prices increased for planned counters, and a fifth counter was added for Frontier Airlines.

Commissioners Diane Mitsch Bush and Nancy Stahoviak approved the $23,000 expenditure pending an OK of the airport’s supplementary budget. Commissioner Doug Monger was absent.

The project, which will be performed by M3 Services, will give YVRA matching counters, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said.

The board also approved $45,000 for a general aviation security gate and monitoring system, again pending approval of YVRA’s supplementary budget. Money for the general aviation security and gate counters will come from the airport’s reserves.

Mitsch Bush and Stahoviak also gave their OK to an $8,000 increase for a building painting contract. They tabled a measure relating to a ski chute drop-off area redesign, at Ruppel’s request.