Shopping hub right on Target for grand opening |

Shopping hub right on Target for grand opening

Post Independent/Kelley CoxMaria Torres of Glenwood Springs adds a few finishing touches to fully stocked shelves at Target in Glenwood Meadows. The store, now unofficially open, has its grand opening Sunday.

Music to the ears of Roaring Fork Valley shoppers with a case of Wal-Mart fatigue: Glenwood Meadows is open for business.

Some of it, at least.

Grand openings at the 405,000 square-foot Glenwood Meadows shopping center begin Sunday when Target officially becomes the valley’s third big-box discount retailer and welcomes shoppers through its shiny red doors.

Target Executive Team Leader Jill Cheslik said when she tells people she works at Target, some get so excited they nearly cry. Those people won’t have to drive to Grand Junction anymore to buy things unavailable at other discount stores in Glenwood, she said.

Stocked full of iPods, black leather jackets, high-end vacuum cleaners and more milk and frozen goodies than you can shake a smoothie at, the 125,000 square-foot Target store ” bigger than the Target in Grand Junction ” unofficially opened for business Tuesday night.

At 382 acres, with 475 housing units slated to be built nearby, Glenwood Meadows, tucked between Interstate 70 and Red Mountain, mirrors similar developments in larger cities around Colorado.

Some say Glenwood Meadows portends rather dramatic change: Glenwood commercial real estate manager and former Glenwood Springs business owner Bill Bullock says the Meadows could spark a retail boom here that could echo the way Grand Junction has grown in recent years.

“Once the nationals come, there’s a following that follows them,” he said.

Likewise, Target leads the pack of “big box” chains gracing the Meadows marquee with names common in suburban Denver and Grand Junction. Most won’t open until November, with a gaggle of smaller stores opening sometime during the first quarter of 2006.

Those smaller stores include 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 and a Verizon Wireless Store.

Greg Moran, of Miller Weingarten Realty, which manages the Glenwood Meadows property, said the agency is negotiating deals with businesses slated to open in 2006, including a coffee shop, sandwich shop, bank with a drive-through, women’s clothing store, nail salon, optical shop, florist and a pizza restaurant.

Of the companies planning to open at the Meadows, some are reluctant to divulge many details about their new stores here, and many have not set official opening dates.

Here’s the latest:

– Target: Cheslik calls the Minneapolis-based company’s 34th Colorado emporium a “new prototype Target.” Not quite a Super Target and not quite a standard Target, the store has large dry grocery, frozen foods and dairy sections, but no produce department or deli. “It’s quite extensive,” she added.

Cheslik was mum on the size of store’s workforce. Target officially opens Sunday.

– Lowe’s: Company spokeswoman Karen Cobb says the 94,000 square-foot store and its 30,000 square-foot lawn and garden center represent the smaller of Lowe’s two floor plans for its stores, perfect for smaller markets like Glenwood Springs. The giant hardware store is a $12 million investment and is expected to employ about 120 people, she said.

No opening date has been set, but it will likely open sometime late this month.

– Pier 1 Imports: Slated to open in late November, Pier 1 stores the size of the new Glenwood location usually employ about 10 to 15 people and are about 10,000 square feet, said company spokeswoman Misty Otto.

– Petco: The 14,378 square-foot pet supplies warehouse is expected to open to kibble and fish food shoppers Oct. 16 or 17 and employ between 20 and 30 people, said Petco district manager Rick Nordaker. The store is completely staffed, he said, adding that he expects the store to draw shoppers here from 50 or more miles away.

– Bed Bath and Beyond: Company spokeswoman Naomi Belani said the 23,000 square-foot Meadows store should be open by the first week in November. Employment numbers are not public, she said.

– Vitamin Cottage: Company president Kemper Isely said he expects the new 9,980 square-foot natural grocery store to do well in the Glenwood area, calling the area “underserved” because it lacks a large natural food store. Expected to employ about 20 workers, the store will open next to Target on Jan. 24.

– Gart Sports: Company officials would not return phone calls seeking comment, but Jeff Garelick, of Pegasus Realty Corp. in Denver, which manages the current Gart Sports property in the Roaring Fork Marketplace, confirmed that the Glen Avenue store is moving out. No word on an opening date for the Meadows store.

– Chili’s: A spokesperson for parent company Brinker International would not return phone calls seeking comment. Moran said Chili’s will be open by the end of the year.

– Marble Slab Creamery: Franchisee Joseph Haas says he’s opening a “satellite” Marble Slab store at the Meadows to complement his business at his Grand Ave. location. Ice cream for the Meadows store, slated to open around Christmas, will be made on Grand Ave. The new store will employ about six people.

– Moe’s Bar and Grill: The Atlanta-based Mexican eatery will likely open sometime in December, said spokeswoman Robin Ray. She would not comment on further details, but a press release said a typical Moe’s is about 2,500 square feet.

Moe’s, the press release said, is known for its “Ugly Naked Guy” tacos and “Moo Moo Mr. Cow” burritos.

– Great Clips: One of three stores vacating Roaring Fork Marketplace for the Meadows, franchisee Debbie Tayon said her new salon will increase its staff from between eight and 10 workers to between 10 and 12. The store should be open before Christmas, she said.

– Healthstyles: Glenwood-based Healthstyles Fitness Equipment, which has a store at Roaring Fork Marketplace and eight others throughout Colorado, will move its current store to the Meadows. Marketplace owner John Oakes said the current Healthstyles space has already been rented. A Healthstyles spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

– Magoo’s Grill and Bar: Don’t be fooled by the ad in the new Names and Numbers phone book. Magoo’s, one of the few locally-owned businesses at the Meadows, won’t likely open until February, said co-owner Myriah Blair.

Expected to employ 10 to 15 people, she said the restaurant will serve her grandfather’s authentic Italian recipes. Want a preview? Check out Magoo’s menu on page 371 of the 2006 Names and Numbers phone book.

Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520

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