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New Southern Oregon Aspire Computer Store Opens

A new recycled computer store opened to the public Wednesday, but it's not your average electronics store.

Posted: Feb 20, 2019 6:25 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- A new recycled computer store opened to the public Wednesday, but it's not your average electronics store. 

The products and workers at the new Southern Oregon Aspire Computer Store make it a one-of-a-kind business.

Southern Oregon Aspire CEO Deborah Saunders said the organization supports hundreds of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

"We're super excited about the store opening and the opportunity to bring a variety of products to folks in Grants Pass," Saunders said. 

The store offers recycled computer products. It has everything from hard drives to keyboards and mice to power cables, charges and cords.

Store Supervisor Ian Studebaker said he helps many senior customers find the piece of technology that works well for them.

"You don't need to spend $1,000 on a computer if you're just going to use YouTube," Studebaker said. 

Studebaker not only manages in-store and online sales, but he also decides which recycled electronics are usable. He's a job coach and forms lasting relationships with customers like Lynn and Braden Schaffer.

"Everybody that comes in leaves happy," Lynn Schaffer said. 

The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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