By Liesl Greathouse

MONTROSE-On Sept. 2, Montrose gained a new place to shop for quality clothing and shoes at affordable prices: Warehouse Clearance, where the motto is ‘Name Brands at 50-75% off Every Day.’

Owner Debbie Blanchard is already well known downtown, having owned D’Medici Footwear for the past two years.  That learning experience and love for downtown Montrose led her to open a new store to offer even more shopping variety at inexpensive prices.  “At a lot of consignment stores, people will find lower end prices, but also lower end products,” she said.  “We thought about how people can get higher end products at better prices.  We believe that people do not always have to buy clothing or shoes used.”

At Warehouse Clearance, customers will find high quality men and women’s clothing and shoe brands, including Sperry Top Siders, Stuart Weitzman, Klogs, Alegria, Minnetonka, and Rieker.  One example of the great prices are the shoes, which are available for $20-$50, when they would normally be priced at $60-$300.  None of the products are defects or have anything wrong with them; they are still high quality, but suppliers have to get rid of them.

The idea for Warehouse Clearance came from Blanchard’s other store D’Medici.  “Opening that store was a learning experience,” she said.  “We would end up with lots of odds and ends, which were difficult to get rid of.  In our second year of business we did a warehouse sale 5 hours away from Montrose for 2 months.  It was successful, but the drive was brutal.  Now that we can do that in Montrose, we will be adding other products to the store, so that it is not just odds and ends from suppliers.”

Besides offering an affordable shopping experience to customers, Warehouse Clearance also helps downtown Montrose by occupying a storefront, something that Blanchard is passionate about.  “I really believe that there should be no empty storefronts on main street,” she said.  “When the Tattered Rabbit closed, even before the leasing became available, I was there asking about it.  I do not want to see any more offices or banks, places that don’t do sales tax, on main street.  We need more retail businesses, like stores and restaurants.”

Blanchard’s favorite part has been organizing the store to its optimal level.  “Many warehouse stores look dirty, unorganized and crammed,” she said.  “I like for people to find stuff easily, with aisles wide enough that you can even take a stroller through.  Our staff is not just there to ring you up, but they are there to help you and make sure you are fit properly.”

Since it is has only be open for a short time, Blanchard’s future goals for Warehouse Clearance are focused on the core elements of a good store.  “I will work on finding more merchandise that is a good fit for the area and on keeping the store full so that when people come in they will find something new every week,” she explained.  “We aim to offer customers great prices, great quality, great service, all without compromise.”

Warehouse Clearance is located at 305 E. Main Street and is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  For more information, call 970-249-8323.