Gatorade, water, cigarettes sell big at `only game in town’ |

Gatorade, water, cigarettes sell big at `only game in town’

After the Coal Seam Fire forced early closures of City Market and Safeway Saturday, the 7-Eleven convenience store on Grand Avenue served as both supply line and place to share emotions for residents of Glenwood Springs.

“We were the only game in town, and we kept it rolling,” David Bradberg, the store’s night manager, said early Sunday morning.

“There was a line of 20 people in the store for five hours last night,” Bradberg said. “I came in at 10 p.m., and it was like that until 3 a.m. this morning. Then it slowed down.”

Bradberg said the biggest selling items were water, Gatorade and cigarettes.

“The burritos we had were gone in a couple of hours, so people were buying chewy stuff, chocolate bars and drinks,” he said. “But they weren’t buying beer. I guess it wasn’t a booze night.”

What impressed Bradberg the most was the customers’ patience as they waited in line.

“Not one person got weird. Everyone was very pleasant,” he said.

The store also turned into a surrogate information center.

Bradberg said, “Everyone was telling each other stories about the fire. It was sad, but it was kind of cool.”

And 7-Eleven helped fuel emergency workers with free coffee as they came in to town.

“We must have passed out 65-70 cups of coffee this morning,” he said.

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