My stepson Aaron joined in after leaving the Marines, and he really helped us take it to the next level - because he concentrated on the embroidery side, which allowed me to concentrate on what I enjoy - and am strong at - retail branding, styles, sales, and customer service." "Turbo has grown at a steady pace, and now we have a 4600 sq. ft. location in Farmington, and a 4500 sq. ft. location in the Mesa Mall in Grand Junction, CO. We have had so many tremendous employees through the years, including Kathy's daughter Jenn, and I am proud to now say, my sons Ryan and Vince, and my daughter Lexy. EVERY employee we have had has truly helped to make us what we are today, and we appreciate EVERY one of them (ok….truthfully….not every one of them. Ha.) for their sincere efforts!
"Our customers have been so loyal to Turbo and to our brands, and it's great to see many of the same people still shopping with us 11 years later. Thank you!! We have had opportunities to expand into several different markets in the past, and we have chosen to keep a strong business here at home where we started, instead of just a large business with many locations. Turbo will continue to grow as opportunities present themselves. It just has to be the right place and the right time, in order to ensure that what we stand for doesn't get lost. Thank you so much for your support, and we hope to continue to see you at Turbo or online at www.Turbograffix365.com!!"
Turbo Graffix opened its first retail location on March 4th, 2005. Turbo was opened at the Animas Valley Mall in Farmington, NM by Greg and Kathy Ruybalid - with $5500, 2 credit cards, an embroidery machine, and a goal to better their lives financially. "Turbo has been a tremendous blessing to our family, and we are so proud of where our efforts have taken Turbo, and where Turbo has taken us,"
says Greg. Opening in a 1200 sq. ft. location - which seemed huge at the time,
and trying to buy enough inventory to fill it up and make it look attractive was a challenge! "The first 2 years were 60-70+ hour weeks with just 2-3 part time employees, including my dad, Kathy, and me," said Greg. The sweat equity and long hours really assisted Turbo in its success. "Many nights, after closing at the store, Kathy and I would be up until 2 or 3:00 in the morning, printing shirts, or getting uniforms and embroidery jobs finished. Then she'd head to school the next morning to teach her 5th graders, and I'd be back to the mall to do it all over again.