Silt grocery store plans still on hold
Put your money where your mouth is.That’s the criteria to getting a grocery store in the town of Silt – the only municipality in the Roaring Fork Valley that does not have one.Plans to build the market in the Silt Trade Center this fall are on hold pending investors to help put the financing together. The business had originally planned to be open by Thanksgiving or Christmas 2004.Former longtime manager of Safeway in Glenwood Springs, Bill Solinger, of Silt, said he still wants to open a grocery store, but it’s not financially feasible at this time.”Unfortunately, we do not have the financing capability right now,” Solinger said. “All the people have been wonderful – the town of Silt has been absolutely wonderful – but it’s a rough road with a start-up business. But I honestly feel there’s a great market for what we want to do.”A grocery store was slated to come into Silt in 1998 when Columbine Market out of Gypsum expressed interest. However, the company required significant tax incentives, which voters overwhelmingly turned down in a general election.Solinger intends to eventually purchase the 1.25-acre property in the Silt Trade Center from developers Kelly and Michael Lyon LLC. The Lyons would also act as the contractors for building the 10,000-square foot store.”Our part is to put up the building and sell the land,” Kelly Lyon said. “But it takes a lot of money to open a grocery store. This is not one of those things that’s going to kill (Silt) if it doesn’t happen, but we sure need one.”Investors interested in the project should call Solinger at 876-8774.
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