Five Things You May Not Know About Jerry’s Home Improvement Center

by Gayle Klampe on January 2, 2018

in Featured Member

Jerry's Home Improvement store photo

If you’re from the Eugene area, you grew up with the playful TV ads and the quirky billboards that make you smile—and you probably know the jingle by heart. When it’s time to remodel your kitchen or repair a leaky faucet, you know there’s only one place to go: “Better Head for Jerry’s.”

Here are some things you might not know about this favorite Willamette Valley destination:

  1. Jerry’s opened for business in November of 1961 in a 5,000 sq. ft. store on Highway 99 North. Owners Jerry and Merle Orem served one customer that first day. Fifty-six years later, Jerry’s has grown from two employees to hundreds and completes almost two million customer transactions a year.
  2. Jerry’s was built one customer at a time, one project at a time. After many remodels and expansions, Jerry’s ran out of space. In December of 1985, with just over 20 employees, Jerry’s moved to a larger store on the corner of Highway 99 North and Beltline Road.
  3. With son Dennis Orem and his wife Sharon now running the store, Jerry‘s expanded again in 1996, opening the doors of the current 350,000 sq. ft. facility on the corner of Highway 99 North and Beltline, where the business is still run one customer at a time.
  4. After many customer requests, and wanting to provide two convenient locations, Jerry’s opened a second store in January 2003 in Springfield.
  5. In December of 2010, Dennis and Sharon announced they were transitioning ownership of Jerry’s to the employees through an ESOP, allowing them to become shareholders and partners in Jerry’s growth.

A lot has changed at Jerry’s since 1961, but one thing that remains the same is the tradition and commitment to providing the best customer service anywhere—and products at competitive prices. Cascade is pleased to showcase Jerry’s Home Improvement Center, honoring 25 years in Cascade membership.

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