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Vannoy Construction’s renovation work to the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation building in Boone is beginning to take shape. Photo by Jeff Eason

Originally published: 2013-08-22 19:05:24
Last modified: 2013-08-22 19:07:02

BREMCO building renovations in full swing

by Jeff Eason

For the past two and a-half months, people needing to pay a visit to Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation have needed to travel to its temporary headquarters on Shadowline Drive in Boone.

Located in the former High Country Bank building, the temporary office space will have to do until next year.

"A lot of people like the temporary location a lot, but we will be moving back as soon as renovations are complete," said Renee Whitener, director of public relations for BREMCO. "However, the response has made us begin thinking we may need to place some type of payment kiosk closer to downtown."

Whitener said that renovations will be complete on BREMCO's main building, located near the intersection of U.S. 421 and Old 421 in Boone, about this time next year, sooner if the area experiences a mild winter.

BREMCO moved its offices to the Shadowline Drive location in early June. The cooperative's propane and heating fuels subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, LLC, moved its offices to that location as well.

"The temporary office on Shadowline Drive will serve members of Blue Ridge Electric and customers of Blue Ridge Energies as their payment and customer service office until renovations are complete at the office and operations facilities on 421 South," said a BREMCO spokesman in early June. "Changes are being made to improve safety for line technicians and outdoor crews."

Added BREMCO's Watauga County district manager Susan Jones, "We appreciate everyone's patience as we make improvements to the Watauga district office that will result in even better service from that location, as well as a roomier area for crews to work more efficiently and safely. We'll even offer a 24/7 payment kiosk once the renovation is complete."

Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Watauga, Caldwell, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties. For more information, call (828) 264-8894.