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Retailer’s Mural Reminds Customers of Area Industries

Part of growing and expanding a business is always knowing where you started. The first customers who came through your doors were the ones who helped your business become successful. At CJ’s Do it Center in Price, Utah, that past is remembered in a spectacular way.

CJ’s, founded in 1998, has built a diverse business in the hardlines of hardware and lumber while becoming known as a strong supplier of fences, gates and doors to the region of Carbon County. To honor that same region, owner Rick Krompel brought in his son and artist Justin Krompel to paint a mural depicting some of the area’s most prominent occupations and industries.

The in-store mural depicts several scenes and people who define Carbon County: a desert ranch entryway, several roughnecks, a welder, a rancher and more. The mural has become something of its own attraction, helping drive additional traffic into the store on a regular basis.

“Price is a town that’s always been heavily into coal mining. It’s part of the history. Rick wanted to show respect for some of those industries like coal miners and construction workers,” manager Melissa Causi says. The mural was commissioned in 2016 and it took about a year to complete as Justin worked on it during weekend trips to Price.

About Chad Husted

Chad is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A Purdue University graduate, Chad has covered sports and news at the high school, college and Olympic levels as a sports writer, editor and designer for multiple newspapers. Prior to joining the NRHA, he was the sports editor for the Herald Journal in Monticello, Indiana, and a designer and copy editor for the AIM Media Indiana group in Columbus, Indiana. When not cultivating his beard, he enjoys backpacking, cooking, traveling and watching too much sports and Netflix.

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