Shoppers enjoying the highs and Lowe’s of Glenwood Meadows |

Shoppers enjoying the highs and Lowe’s of Glenwood Meadows

First to open was Target, then Petco, now Lowe’s, and within a week or so, Bed Bath and Beyond and Gart Sports will swing open their doors.

In less than a month, Glenwood Meadows has transformed from a muddy construction site to a hip little mall hoppin’ with the bustle of shoppers from all over Garfield County and beyond.

With a gaggle of new stores waiting to open over the next six months or so, there are still at least five new ones to be announced, said Greg Moran of Meadows real estate agency Miller Weingarten. None of the new businesses have signed leases yet, so he said he can’t say which companies are interested in opening there.

Lowe’s ” the only big box of its kind between Denver and Grand Junction ” celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday with a higher-than-expected turnout. The giant hardware store’s first day of business was Oct. 28.

“Traffic has been twice what we anticipated,” said Lowe’s Operations Manager Anthony Fox, calling the store an “excellent success.”

The new store will draw some customers from the North Carolina-based chain’s Grand Junction store, as expected, he said.

Most Lowe’s customers were happy with the store Friday afternoon.

“I think its fantastic to have this opportunity to shop at Lowe’s in Glenwood,” said Glenwood city council member Kris Chadwick, adding that she still shops at True Value Hardware and Big John’s Ace Hardware.

She called Lowe’s an “asset” to the community, adding that it stops shopper “leakage” to Grand Junction and Denver.

Leander Jones of Rifle was a Lowe’s shopper who previously drove to Grand Junction to shop at Lowe’s. He said that the new Glenwood Lowe’s is worth having despite that he thought the store has high prices.

“By the time you end up running to Junction, you’re going to end up paying the same amount anyway,” he said.

Jones was shopping for wood stoves, but wasn’t impressed with the quality of Lowe’s selection.

Painting contractor Bob Harrison of New Castle used to drive to the Grand Junction Lowe’s all the time and said he thought the new Glenwood store would bring more business to the area.

“It certainly helps me,” he said of the store. “I can get bulk here. It’s cheaper.”

Basalt resident Carol Fuller called the new Lowe’s “wonderful” because it will likely help businesses on her property across Interstate 70. Fuller owns commercial building housing High Tails and other businesses.

“It’s very good for everybody there,” she said. “This whole thing is drawing more people to the area.”

She said she would drive to Grand Junction to shop at Lowe’s before the Glenwood store opened.

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