Bridge uncertainty prompts sports outlet to close
The impending closure of the Mountain Sports Outlet on Sixth Street is due not to the loss of the store lease, as recent marketing information suggested, but to uncertainty about the location in the future given the Grand Avenue bridge replacement.
The lease for the store at 215 Sixth St. is in fact up at the end of April, according to Kelly Ladyga, vice president of corporate communications for Vail Resorts, which owns the store.
But the decision to close the Glenwood Springs location was made by Vail Resorts, and was not a result of any landlord decisions, she said.
“We are closing our Mountain Sports Outlet Glenwood location with the expiration of the lease,” Ladyga said on Friday. “The last day of business will be April 17.”
The main reason, she said, has to do with the construction and realignment of the Highway 82/Grand Avenue bridge, which will ultimately take traffic off of Sixth Street. The newly aligned bridge will take off directly from the Interstate 70 Exit 116 and curve toward downtown, connecting with Grand Avenue on the south side of the Colorado River.
“Due to the construction involving the redirect of the I-70 exit and new bridge replacement occurring over the next couple of years, it was our decision to close that location,” Ladyga said. “It was our decision not to renew the lease.”
A recent closeout sale email alert suggested that “We lost our lease! Everything must go!”
The store is one of 185 specialty retail stores operated by Vail Resorts in and around its 12 resorts in Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe and the Midwest, but is only one of two operating under the Mountain Sports Outlet name. The other is in Silverthorne.
In addition to renting and selling ski and snowboarding equipment, the stores offer gear for a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, camping, cycling and tennis and outdoor furniture, Ladyga said.
The Sixth Street location, part of a complex of buildings that used to be home to an auto dealership several years ago, is listed with the Garfield County Assessor’s Office as being owned by Lincicome Partnership LLC based in Carbondale.
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