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Debbie and TJ Montgomery: A perfect package deal

Debbie and TJ Montgomery are hard at work behind the counter of Pack Center Shipping

The holiday season is a time of countless packages, parcels, boxes, bags and other containers that go from gifter to giftee, but there are a long list of people in between who help an item get to its destination. And, if you've sent something from Craig, odds are Debbie and TJ Montgomery had a hand in the process.

The local couple owns and operates Pack Center ShippingPack Center Shipping, the downtown business that serves as a hub for UPS and FedEx. The building at 509 Yampa Ave. in fact serves as three businesses in one. In addition to the Pack Center, Debbie is an agent for , the downtown business that serves as a hub for UPS and FedEx. The building at 509 Yampa Ave. in fact serves as three businesses in one. In addition to the Pack Center, Debbie is an agent for Farmers InsuranceFarmers Insurance, with a corner office devoted to it., with a corner office devoted to it.

Pack Center Shipping, the downtown business that serves as a hub for UPS and FedEx. The building at 509 Yampa Ave. in fact serves as three businesses in one. In addition to the Pack Center, Debbie is an agent for Farmers Insurance, with a corner office devoted to it.

The site also remains a hobby shop under the name Empire Express Hobbies & ToysEmpire Express Hobbies & Toys, and it’s well stocked with remote control items and models ranging from classic cars to airplanes to the Millennium Falcon., and it's well stocked with remote control items and models ranging from classic cars to airplanes to the Millennium Falcon.

Empire Express Hobbies & Toys, and it's well stocked with remote control items and models ranging from classic cars to airplanes to the Millennium Falcon.

However, it's the hubbub of shipping that dominates the days right now.

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Customers are in abundance this time of year, the husband and wife said, with the foot traffic about four times as great as any other part of the calendar as people send out their Christmas presents.

"When I need help, I just yell, 'Debbie!' and she'll come out of her office if she's not too busy," TJ said. "Usually I'm able to cover it except for this month. It's very hectic."

The duties can be anything from printing out labels to assisting customers with the packaging, with pickups by agencies FedEx and UPS, operating as an "authorized shipping outlet" for both.

"This time of year, we probably put out close to 200 packages a day," TJ said, noting the infrastructure that is in place in these operations would boggle people's minds. "FedEx has a larger fleet of airplanes than all the airline carriers combined. It's just huge."

The demand for their services continues up until the big day, when they finally get a break.

"We work all the way up to Christmas, get a day off and then come back to work on Monday," Debbie said.

The Montgomerys first purchased Pack Center in September 2014, and the holiday learning curve was a bit much during their first year as owners.

"It was a whirlwind," Debbie said.

TJ agreed, stating that if not for his spouse's knowledge of computer systems, he'd have a lot more problems on a daily basis.

"She's my backup," he said.

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