Mall lands Western-wear store |

Mall lands Western-wear store

Glenwood Springs will soon have another outlet for folks wishing to get back to their Western roots. Corral West, a Western- and casualwear store, has signed a lease with the Glenwood Springs Mall for 8,800 square feet of retail space, mall CEO Deb Jacupke said Thursday.The store will go into the vacant west end of the Mall, next to Staples, she said. Officials at Corral West, based in Cheyenne, Wyo., had been looking at Glenwood Springs for a number a years but just started a serious search late last year, said Jim Lawrence, the company’s director of stores. Corral West worked with Jacupke when it opened a store in Durango in November 2003, so putting the store in the mall was an easy choice, he said. “If (the store) is going to work, it’s going to work there,” he said. As it stands now, the vacant section of the mall is about 16,000 square feet, and fronted by windows, a double doorway and two garage doors. The mall, however, is splitting the footprint in two and is in negotiations to lease the other 7,200 square feet, Jacupke said.The mall will also renovate both inside and outside the building, Lawrence said. “They’re going to do extensive work on that location,” he said. “It’s really going to pop through there.”Competition for retailers in Glenwood Springs seems like it would be stiff with Glenwood Meadows under construction. That project will bring 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space to the city, in addition to a host of big-box stores. But it seems there is enough business to go around.”We’re glad they’ve got stuff going on,” Glenwood Meadows leasing agent Greg Moran said of the mall. Moran said he doesn’t think the mall and Glenwood Meadows are attracting the same tenants because the space available at Glenwood Meadows is all 4,000 square feet or less. Corral West has 93 stores in 19 states, primarily the West, and has an especially strong market presence in boots and work attire, Lawrence said. The company has two stores in Grand Junction and one store in Silverthorne. The company plans to hire local managers and 12-15 local employees, he said. Corral West will join Rock’n Star Ranch Co. in the Western wear business in Glenwood Springs. Rock’n Star Ranch is far from fearful of a drop in business, however, said owner Wayne Starr, who spoke with Lawrence on Friday.”Our stores are going to complement each other in this market,” Starr said. “Their inventory line items don’t overlap our line items at the Rock’n Star Ranch very much at all.”The two areas where they may overlap is in boots and hats, he said, but even then, Rock’n Star and Corral West carry different brands and different price ranges.In addition, Corral West should draw shoppers to Glenwood Springs, which is good for the city and both businesses, Starr said.”Together we’ll bring more business to Glenwood of this type, and we’re excited about it,” he said. “I think Glenwood wins when these kinds of outfits come to town.”Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext.

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