PRLog - Jan. 23, 2013 - In South Central Wisconsin, a new retail concept is giving Marquette County residents a compelling reason to shop small and shop local. The Eco Hub, located in downtown Oxford on highway 82, opened its doors on December 21st – just in time for Santa’s arrival! Since opening, area patrons have benefited from this new 21st century retailing concept of bringing mainstream refurbished products into everyone’s homes and area businesses.
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Owner, John Zimmer describes his new retail store as; “The eco-friendly hub that specializes in eco-nomically friendly remanufactured goods”. “We want consumers to re-evaluate their purchasing habits and consider how much money they can save when they buy the function, not the latest fashion”.
“Refurbished products are tested individually to meet the same standards as when it was new. When you purchase brand name refurbished products, you get more quality and features for your money and performance that is equivalent to new” said Zimmer.
The Eco Hub typically sees 30-60% savings on average for the same product found elsewhere sold as new – including online! Every product in the store comes with a warranty that ranges from 90 days to 2 years, depending on product. Customers can shop with confidence with The Eco Hub’s 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee that allows you to return your product for any reason in the first 30 days. All of this plus the fact that you can shop any day you wish and know that you got the best price. No gimmicks, no games, just bottom line pricing. “Our customers are smart shoppers and they appreciate getting our best price the day they are in the store and without waiting for “sale” prices” said Zimmer.
Area Oxford resident Bruce Shively agrees: “The Eco Hub will be a great addition to Oxford AND for the surrounding counties! To have name brand products right in our backyard, without having to drive to Madison, will be a major plus and we can support and shop local rather than the big box retailers. It's a win/win!” Plus, Zimmer adds, “when you multiply in fuel costs and your commute time, are you really coming ahead and getting a good deal anymore?”
“The Eco Hub offers all the name brands you expect, at prices you don’t. We want to become Wisconsin’s #1 resource for all your name brand electric, battery and gas powered refurbished essentials for your home and garage” added Zimmer. These include: Household Items, Electronics, Recreational Gear, Power Tools, Small appliances and Outdoor Power Equipment.
Inside The Eco Hub, they feature eight “departments”:
Zimmer believes; “If you give consumers a reason to shop in small towns, they will. Downtown business districts offer so much more culture than any strip mall can conceive. The Eco Hub is here to prove that today’s consumers will choose to make their purchases with a small business over a big box retailer when the small business is focused on similar interests and concerns as the consumer and puts customer service first”.
The Eco Hub also focuses on community involvement including:
· 10-Foot Community Bulletin Board. Post for FREE! Local events, buy, sell, trade.
· Recycling Center – “We recycle everything we sell” new, old, working or not.
· Solution Center/Conference Room – teachers: reserve your FREE classroom space today! Learn about landfills, upcycling, refurbished products and the student program: reduce, reuse, recycle.
· Vendor Display – Display recycling, upcycling, arts and crafts for FREE all day on Saturday’s!
· Active member of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce
· Lead sponsor and chairman for the Oxford Fall Festival Car Show the first Saturday of October.
In today’s economy, people want to do the right thing and feel good about their decisions. There are many reasons beyond price of why customers purchase refurbished items: 1) Saves Energy 2) Saves natural resources 3) Reduces landfill pressure 5)Reduces air, water and soil pollution and 5)Creates new jobs to replace those lost overseas.
Don’t think for a minute that this is where it ends either. Zimmer has plans for 2-3 additional rural locations throughout the state of WI in the upcoming years. By late February, you will also be able to order refurbished products online through their webstore found at: www.ecohubwi.com. You can also follow them on Twitter and view the transformation of the building from a grocery store into The Eco Hub building today on Facebook.
Rural residents deserve the same name brand goods as the bigger cities offer – with lower prices and compelling reasons to shop at The Eco Hub.“ I like to think of it as making luxuries affordable” Zimmer says with a smile; The Eco Hub just “Makes Cents”!
The Eco Hub hours of operation are: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30, Saturday 9:00-3:00, Sunday – Closed. Phone 608-586-6300.