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Appliance store sports retro appeal from perforated metal

Big-box stores have become a go-to resource for home appliance and electronics shoppers who think those outlets’ sales volumes are a guarantee of lower prices. But regional, family-owned chains can build a targeted clientele based on a strong service ethic and word-of-mouth reputations. That’s a mix that’s seemed to work for Mesa, Ariz.-based Spencer’s TV & Appliance, a 50-year-old firm that recently opened its eleventh location in the growing region, sited in East Mesa.

The store’s exterior features a nod to retro design, with a perforated metal-panel entry façade that creates a neutral background for the company’s signature logo and helps it stand out in its suburban location. To create the perforated screen, the building team – Tempe, Ariz.-based Mark Abel Architects and installer Starkweather Roofing, based out of Phoenix – turned to Petersen’s collection of PAC-CLAD wall and roof panel systems.

The PAC-CLAD Precision Series line-up includes 12 profiles that give architects and designers creative flexibility by combining bold visual effects with easy, cost-effective installation. In this case, specifiers called for 11,576 sq. ft. of .050-gauge aluminum HWP-profile panels in Petersen’s Silver finish. For the Spencer’s TV & Appliances project, panels were installed horizontally, creating a sense of length across the store’s façade.

Like all aluminum Precision Series products, HWP panels can be perforated, as they were here. They also can be mixed with each other to create custom patterns.