Meadows developer announces new tenants
Glenwood Springs residents will have a whole host of new restaurant and retail options next fall. Glenwood Meadows’ developer, Miller Weingarten, released a list of new tenants Thursday, which includes the eateries: Chili’s Bar & Grill, Moe’s Southwestern Grill, Magoo’s Bar and Grill, Smoothie King and Marble Slab Creamery. Miller Weingarten also signed retailers and service-oriented businesses such as Alpha Health Dental, Help-U-Sell Real Estate, Red Mountain Wine and Spirits, Verizon, Great Clips and Healthstyles Fitness.”I think you have to have some of those service-oriented businesses to draw people into the center,” said Greg Moran, vice president of leasing for Miller Weingarten. “It all plays off each other so people view it as more of a town center than just a retail operation.” Another goal of mixed uses is to attract people to the center multiple times during the day and week. Miller Weingarten hopes to attract visitors early in the day, during lunch, evenings and on weekends. As of Wednesday afternoon, 80 percent of Meadows’ tenant space was leased, he said. “We’re very happy with where we’re at right now,” he said. Moran is negotiating with an additional seven or eight tenants that would take the leased rate up to 88 percent, leaving just 16,000 square feet of the 405,000 square feet not leased. Though he wouldn’t release names, Moran said the possibilities include a skin clinic and day spa, hair salon, floral shop, Asian restaurant, women’s clothing store, bank, coffee shop, and a games and electronics store. Beyond those businesses, Miller Weingarten hopes to sign a gallery or an art store and a bath product store, Moran said. Eight out of the 12 businesses that have already signed are chains, though some of those will be franchises. Marble Slab and Great Clips, for example, are both franchises with local owners, and locations opening a second store in Meadows. “You got to have some local retailers in the project or you won’t get any local people in to the project,” Moran said. With locally owned businesses, “people start taking ownership in the project.”Target recently started putting up walls for its new store and plans to be open by October, like most other businesses, Moran said.”It’s going to be nice to have some lights along Midland Avenue … to not feel like a deer is going to jump out in front of you.” he said.Moran added that he’s heard from some local business owners that visitors think they’ve made a wrong turn when they get out into the dark stretches of Midland Avenue at night.With three new restaurants coming to the Meadows, restaurant owners are trying to stay positive. “There’s already way too many restaurants in this town,” said Cory Spagnolo, owner of Spagnolo’s on Grand Avenue. But, “our point of view is it’s a tourist town … and our thinking is people coming into town will not want to go to a mall.”Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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