Kim Zimmerman and her 5-month-old granddaughter, Arlea Pingley, play around in the new space of her business, Whole Lotta Western, in Centennial Mall. Formerly known as Northwestern Tack, the store relocated from Yampa Avenue and will host a grand opening Feb. 14.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

Kim Zimmerman and her 5-month-old granddaughter, Arlea Pingley, play around in the new space of her business, Whole Lotta Western, in Centennial Mall. Formerly known as Northwestern Tack, the store relocated from Yampa Avenue and will host a grand opening Feb. 14.

Craig tack store moves to Centennial Mall

Shop changes name to Whole Lotta Western; grand opening set for Feb. 14

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— Northwestern Tack has moved from its downtown location on Yampa Avenue to a spot in Centennial Mall.

The store, which sells a variety of equipment for rural use, such as saddles, harnesses and other equine paraphernalia, first opened its doors in its new site Jan. 18. Owner Kim Zimmerman said the early response has been positive.

“We’ve had a lot of people walking in, a lot of good comments on it,” she said.

Zimmerman is still in the process of getting the space within the mall’s Suite 123 prepared just the way she’d like it, but the amount of room allows for a better display of inventory with 1,600 square feet available as opposed to the 1,100 square feet at 565 Yampa Ave.

“I was so full over there, if I got another saddle, I don’t know what I would have done,” she said.

Not only will this let her make the exhibition of the tack supplies more appealing, but she also can have an increased space for the business’s newer feature, repurposed and handmade furniture. The items she will bring in are all made within Colorado.

Although customers are fewer in the winter months, Zimmerman expects to see plenty of people as the weather gets nicer, many coming to Craig from Meeker, Hayden, Steamboat Springs and Baggs, Wyo.

“They don’t have a lot of stores like this around here,” she said.

Zimmerman, who bought the business from RaeAnne Hadley with her daughter and son-in-law in October, will be kicking off all the new elements — including a name change to Whole Lotta Western — with an official grand opening Feb. 14.

The Valentine’s Day date is no coincidence.

“We’ll be having kind of a reminder service for people, primarily for men, for holidays and birthdays, and we can put together gift baskets with a Western theme that they can pick up,” Zimmerman said.

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