US WEST Communications (formerly Mountain Bell) has closed a second-hand store it opened last year, but bargain hunters need not fear. Used equipment is still available through a consolidated program operated out of Denver.

Carol Dunlap, a US WEST spokeswoman, said those interested in used equipment can call 800-247-3630 to find that much-sought-after item. It won't be as convenient as running into the store and just browsing, but Dunlap said the consolidated effort will increase the kinds of things available."All 14 states (in the US WEST service area) will be sending their used equipment to Denver," Dunlap said. "This will make the service more efficient and should give those wanting things a greater selection."

Dunlap said the increased volume makes the used-equipment sales program more feasible. "It streamlines our operation while providing a greater inventory."