Mountain Paint and Supply finds new owner, who’s eager to step into Steamboat Springs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Kevin Gale has reopened Mountain Paint and Supply and is looking forward to carrying on the traditions of one of Steamboat Springs’ longest running paint stores.
“It has a very successful business model, and the only thing that will be changing is online ordering,” Gale said about the business at 1821 Kamar Plaza. “Everything else will the exact same. There will be that sense of familiarity but also a modernization of the business. We have a ‘If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it’ type of mentality.”
Longtime owner Tom Armstrong opened the doors of Mountain Paint and Supply in 1996 and ran the business until it closed in November. Armstrong said he will be around while Kevin Gale, a managing partner, and his father Paul Gale, who also owns the store, get a feel for the business and the community.
Kevin Gale is new to the paint industry, but has a bachelor of science in marketing from Westminster College in Utah.
“I worked a lot of years in the service industry,” he said. “I know customer service really well, and I think that’s what Tom has really established here. … For Tom to be around and introduce me to all of his clients and allow me to create those relationships is a really cool opportunity. I want customers to come here because they enjoy coming into our store.”
He plans to lean on Armstrong’s experience and knowledge while he gets acclimated to Steamboat and the business.
The store deals in paints and stains and everything that a person could need to prepare the surface and apply paint, including scrapers, coveralls, sand paper, masking tape, paint grids and other items.
Mountain Paint also will continue to service paint sprayers as well as be the local source for Diamond Vogel plus several offerings from Blish-Mize.
Gale said the store will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
“We want to let everyone know that we are officially open again,” Gale said. “In a small town like this, it’s really cool to carry on the tradition, and it’s great to be a part of this community.”
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