Crabtree renovation allows store to expand
Renovation to the old Crabtree building will make Socorro’s Plaza area a little more eye-appealing and allow its largest tenant to double in size.
The 50-year old building on Fisher Street, just off the northwest corner of Socorro’s historic Plaza, is getting a facelift. It is getting a new stone façade, tin roof, wooden porch poles and vigas to reflect the town’s cultural heritage.
Inside, renovation allows for Plaza Furniture to expand into space previously occupied by La Tienda de Segunda Thrift Shop, which has moved to Smith’s Plaza, behind Denny’s, on California Street.
“What we did was double our size,” said Jim Hathaway, owner of Plaza Furniture. “We went from 4,500 square-feet to almost 10,000 square-feet, so we’ll be doubling our inventory and doubling our selection.”
Continental Loans occupies the west end of the building. Although it, too, will sport a new look and benefit from a newly installed refrigerated air conditioning system. Most of the construction, however, is taking place at Plaza Furniture.
Both businesses have remained open during the renovation. They lease the space from Becky and Dave Moore, owners of the building.
Hathaway said work on the building began about a month ago and it’ll take up to two more months before it’s completed.
As part of the remodeling project, the old red brick will be covered over by flagstone. Along with the porch overhang, vigas and tin roof, the building will have the architectural feel of an old mercantile.
In attention to the changes out front, Plaza Furniture already has new carpeting, walls have been repainted and some new walls have been constructed to section off the store.
“We’ll have more room for living room sets, dining room sets and bedroom sets. It’s going to allow us to concentrate more on our children’s section,” Hathaway said, adding that he also plans to bring in more rustic furniture.
Hathaway said the store will have more to offer New Mexico Tech students. “We have three times more futons and more of a selection of computer desk sets.”
Plaza Furniture has been in business for almost four years. It’s been the only furniture store in town since King’s Furniture on California Street burned down about three years ago.
Hathaway said the business has been able to bear the expense of expanding, despite the tough economic times.
“We’ve been holding our own or we wouldn’t be doing this,” he said. “There was an opportunity for extra room and we took it.”
Hathaway said he expects the store to hold a “Grand Re-opening” in mid to late October.
“Right now, we’re remodeling and having an ‘excuse-the-mess sale,’” he said.