By RANDY GONZALES
An Aaron's franchise is scheduled to open Monday in Hays.
Aaron's Sales & Lease, 1101 E. 43rd, is part of several stores owned by Flores Rentals LLC, which already has stores in Great Bend, Salina, Junction City, Liberal, Dodge City Garden City, Pratt, Guymon, Okla., and Woodward, Okla. Aaron's is a retail store with inventory for lease-to-own or purchase outright. Inventory includes furniture, appliances, electronics and computers. There is free delivery and setup.
"We sell about anything in those areas," said Shawn Nimmo, director of franchise operations. "It's all brand name."
Nimmo said Tuesday they had been looking at the Hays market for four years before settling on a location.
"We were trying to find the appropriate location that fit financially," Nimmo said. "We did finally locate a piece of property that became available."
The local Aaron's will be managed by Chad Titterington. Nimmo said there would be four to five full-time employees for a soft opening Monday, and eventually there will be eight to 10 full-time employees. A grand opening is planned for a later date, Nimmo said.
Nimmo said Aaron's will do no-credit check, in-store financing for 12, 18 or 24 months -- whatever option the customer wants.
"We've been accepted widely by the people of Hays," Nimmo said, adding local residents have been stopping by the store to check it out, even though it's not yet open.
"It's been a long time coming," Nimmo said. "We've been working to get this project off the ground.
'It's a challenge to find a location in Hays, because it is growing so much, and so fast."
Nimmo likes the location, which is north of Interstate 70.
"It's a growing area," he said. "The possibility of future development is pretty good in that area."
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Fridays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sundays.