But don’t worry, E.R.I.C. fans: Dahozy promises that many, many treasures from years past remain in place — yes, many in the exact same spot as 2011 — and that he’s combing northern Arizona for new supplies, such as lumber and fixtures, paint and insulation, toilets and tires to satisfy a new generation of customers.
“Everything is still here, just the way it was,” said Dahozy, standing in the middle of his inventory one recent afternoon. “People come in and say, ‘Oh, man, just how I remembered it the last time I was in here.’ We’re still trying to figure out everything that’s here, to be honest.”
Dahozy, 49, who moved from Window Rock to Flagstaff two years ago, had been casting about for a business to buy after plying his trade as a welder and residential and commercial fencer. Though finding loans and raising capital was especially difficult during the coronavirus pandemic, he was able to secure financing and exhume E.R.I.C. from its shallow grave.
Newcomers may look askance at the business, wondering what the heck the deal is with its acronym of a name, but it’s been a Sunnyside staple for decades.
About the name: Its origins are murky, at best. In a 2010 story about the business in the Daily Sun, former owner Bill Evans believed that owners previous to him gave it the acronym of a “former real estate firm.” But the story also quoted Evans as saying he heard it stood for “Environmentally Recycled Industrial Commodities” or “Everybody Running in Circles.”