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Tomahawk truck stop, gas station to close

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - The West Glenwood truck stop, operated as the Tomahawk Auto Truck Plaza for the past 20 years, will be closing next month.However, the new owner of the property, LOCO Inc. of Grand Junction, is reportedly working on plans to demolish the existing building and redevelop the site, according to the current tenant.Tomahawk is slated to close on Sept. 20, confirmed Scott Paulson, a partner with the Watkins Co., which operates several Tomahawk truck stops in Colorado.LOCO operates a string of convenience stores and gas stations in the Grand Junction area."We leased the place for 20 years, but our lease is up on Sept. 30 and the new owners have some other plans," Paulson said. He said Watkins had made an offer to buy the property before it was sold to LOCO.Watkins had leased the Tomahawk site, located on Highway 6 & 24 near the Interstate 70 Exit 114 interchange in West Glenwood, from a previous property owner. The property was sold to LOCO about a year ago, Paulson said.The service station and adjacent restaurant operated as the M&M Truck Stop for many years before it became known as Tomahawk.The site currently includes a Phillips 66 fueling station and a separately operated Mexican restaurant that has been sub-leased. The location also serves as a regular Greyhound bus stop.LOCO Inc. owners Rob and Pete Lipson could not be reached Thursday for comment on their plans for the site. A telephone call to Greyhound seeking comment about any impacts on its local service also was not returned.According to the company website, LOCO has seven convenience store and self-service gas stations in the Grand Junction and Fruita area.LOCO Inc. has been in business since 1972 when Robert Lee Lipson Jr. and Robert Lipson III established the company, according to the website.jstroud@postindependent.com


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