Target still considering C’dale site |

Target still considering C’dale site

A spokeswoman for Target stores said Monday the company is considering Glenwood Springs and Carbondale as locations for a new store in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Developers for both the Crystal River Marketplace in Carbondale and Glenwood Meadows in Glenwood Springs have said they are talking with Target as an anchor for their retail developments.

“We are looking at both sites in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale,” said Target spokeswoman Brie Heath. “We don’t have a deal with either one at this time, but we are interested in both sites.”

Heath declined to discuss anything more specific.

“There’s not a whole lot more we’re willing to commit on,” she said.

Heath’s comments are in line with comments made by Crystal River Marketplace developer Brian Huster, according to John Tindall, Huster’s spokesman.

“All we have said is that Target is interested, and we have had discussions. They have made no commitments at all,” Tindall said.

“They have been researching the market, looking at opportunities that might be there for them to build a store in the Roaring Fork Valley,” he continued.

Meadows retail developer Skip Miller, president of Miller Weingarten Realty of Englewood, could not be reached for comment. But last week, he said, “They have told us very clearly they are committed to our site.”

Will the dueling developments lead to a bidding war for Target?

Tindall thinks not.

He predicts the choice will boil down to development factors at each site, such as soils or highway access, and seeing a firm agreement for permits between the shopping center developer and the respective town governments.

The Crystal River Marketplace approval is set for a final reading next week with the Carbondale Trustees. Glenwood Meadows, meanwhile, is set for concept review for a major development permit at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with the Glenwood Springs City Council.

“These large companies are very careful in how they make decisions,” Tindall said. “But the point is, it’s the Roaring Fork Valley they are looking at.”

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