Bill and Terry Moore began their hardware career with a planning and molding operation in 1947. They built Moore Lumber and Hardware at 5195 County Rd. 64 in Bailey when the North Fork of the South Platte River was against the mountains, not between the store and U.S. Hwy. 285.
In the 76 years of business, the store has seen many changes, including the flow of the river. Bill and Terry Moore sold the business to Bill Moore Jr. in 1981. In 2000, Moore Lumber and Hardware joined Ace Hardware, operating six Colorado stores.
Scott Enneking took on the position of Bailey store manager almost one year ago. Enneking, a retired teacher, moved to Colorado from California.
“I moved here because the cost of housing was cheaper than California,” stated Enneking.
Enneking and his wife, Melissa, are preparing for the next phase of their life as they wait for their adoption profile
“Colorado has been good to me,” said Enneking. “I got married here and moved to the mountains a little over one year ago.”
Enneking and his wife bought a house in Bailey that needed a lot of work. He became such a familiar customer at Moore Lumber in Pine Junction, they asked him if he would like to have a job. That job evolved into becoming the store manager at the Bailey location.
“All store improvements are being made with the Moore family goals in mind, which include integration of the community into the business,” explained Enneking.
New shelving and fresh paint have been completed in the store. The upstairs is being converted into a “she-shed” for decorative and gift items. A new side building is being turned into a “Moore Power and Grill Room,” featuring power tools and barbeque equipment.
A local artist has agreed to paint a mural on the converted building as well as re-painting the totem poles at the store.
“People should not have to go down the hill for things,” said Enneking. “We have added 400 new products. We continue to do paints and we can now do car key fobs.”
The store has U-Haul rentals, some camping supplies, lumber, household and hardware items.
While the store is undergoing a refresh, Enneking is determined to keep the old-time feel of the hardware store.
Enneking concluded, “We want to welcome old customers back and bring in new customers.”
Moore Lumber and Hardware in Bailey in open seven days a week. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Monday - Friday the store is open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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