Meadows prepares to enter next phase of openings
Target was the first out of the gates in the race for the big-box stores at Glenwood Meadows to open before Christmas, and now the new shopping center is gearing up for its next round of store openings. When the new “Main Street” shops open across from Pier 1 Imports likely beginning in March, several previously unannounced stores and restaurants will be among them, including a Quizno’s Sub. Gregory Moran, vice president of leasing for Miller Weingarten Realty, said Aspen-based clothing store Sugar Sweet and gift-basket retailer Passion for Picnics will be opening at Meadows this spring. Moran said Miller Weingarten is in the “final throes” of inking a deal with Wells Fargo to open a new stand-alone branch at the Meadows, which he said could begin construction in early March and open by August. Wells Fargo spokeswoman Cristie Drumm said no agreement has been reached to build a branch at Meadows. “There is no information I can provide before anything is signed,” she said. “There is no information to give.”Jim Hallock, Wells Fargo’s Aspen-based resort markets president, confirmed Tuesday that the company has “looked at” Meadows for a branch, but nothing is final. He said the fate of the current Glenwood Wells Fargo branch at the Roaring Fork Marketplace has not been discussed if the bank were ever to open a branch elsewhere in Glenwood. Spaces for the other stores slated to open at Meadows will be available by mid-February, Moran said, adding that some of the restaurants and Vitamin Cottage are already occupying their spaces and setting up their businesses.”We’re going to start seeing openings in early April,” he said. Moran is still looking for other stores to occupy the remaining unleased spaces at Meadows. He said he’s in negotiations with a national shoe store, another clothing store and a pizza restaurant, and he’s still searching for a coffee shop. Currently, Target operates a Starbucks Coffee at the shopping center. Meanwhile, Quizno’s franchisee Joseph Zazzaretti says he’s looking forward to bringing the sub sandwich chain back to Glenwood Springs. Quizno’s closed on Grand Avenue in downtown Glenwood in 2002.Zazzaretti will have to compete with two Subway sandwich shops in Glenwood.”I think from the people that I’ve talked to, there’s been an over-development of Subway,” he said, adding that the new sub shop will fill a niche unfulfilled by expensive upscale restaurants and low-end fast food chains in the Roaring Fork Valley. He said the valley has plenty of “very mediocre restaurants with mediocre food at low prices. (There’s) nothing in the middle.”Meadows is an ideal location, he said, because the big-box stores there have attracted vast numbers of people to the center. “The traffic that’s there and the nature of the traffic that’s there are the type of clientele that I would like to be able to capture,” he said. Zazzaretti said he hopes his Quizno’s will be open by mid-March, but that could change. He plans to gain access to his space by Feb. 1 and said he could be open in six weeks. The sub shop will likely employ between 10 and 15 employees. Other stores that are slated to open at Meadows include Marble Slab Creamery, Regis Salon, Allure Day Spa, Zheng Pan Asian Bistro, Help-U-Sell Town and Country Real Estate, Smoothie King, Beta Health Dental, Red Mountain Wine and Spirits, Magoo’s Grill and Bar, Moe’s Bar and Grill, Healthstyles, Great Clips and a Verizon Wireless Store. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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