Hotondo Homes has built in the Lithgow and Blue Mountains area since the 1990's.
For years Lithgow locals have been liaising with Hontondo through emails and phone calls. Now they can get face-to-face service at the new Lithgow shopfront which opened on Main Street on Thursday, August 15.
Hotondo Homes Blue Mountains and Lithgow sales manager Scott McGavock has 30 years of experience in sales and marketing. He said having a shop front could put faces to names.
"With social media and other forms of marketing it generally takes a while to get in contact with us directly. Having a sales office means people can walk in off the street and meet somebody straight away.
"We can be in contact. I like that face to face contact as early as possible," he said.
Mr McGavock said having a shopfront, the company hoped to build up a local presence.
"We have locals working for us and even though we've [Hotondo Homes] never had a shopfront in Lithgow, we have done a lot of building in the estates," he said.
He said Hotondo Homes director Colin Duncan has been building in the mountains for 40 years and has experience when it comes to Hotondo's 95 project style homes and variations of them.
"We specialise in design flexibility, provide solutions when it comes to fire zones and building in the Blue Mountains, to working with acreage and environmentally sensitive areas," he said.
Mr McGavock said Hotondo were still building houses in Lithgow and surrounding areas regardless of the market.
"We're coming out of a downturn across many areas now, areas like Lithgow and the Blue Mountains haven't really felt that as badly as Sydney has.
"Interests rates are low and have never been better at the moment," he said.
He said the company had been pretty consistent with inquiries received pre-downturn and post-downturn.
"[Because of that] we feel the investment of establishing ourselves in Lithgow is relevant and Lithgow is certainly an area which has a lot of good estate land available.
"With the inquiries we get from Sydney there are a lot of downsizes and retirees are actually moving to the area," he said.
Mr McGavock said while the shopfront had a soft launch, there were plans to do promotions with locals.
"As we get more established we will maybe do an information night and have some local agents in attendance.
"That way it becomes a one stop shop for the evening and people can come in with their questions about building, conveyancing, finance and so on - we can put it together as a whole package for them," he said.
The new shopfront is located at 74 Main Street and is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays, 9am-4pm.
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