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That makes two in a month

JOHN GARDNERGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Myriah Blair of Glenwood Springs had some unique tables at her Magoo’s Italian Bar and Grill in the Glenwood Meadows Shopping Center.Those tables were hand crafted by her mother who lives in Oregon. On Tuesday, Blair was returning those tables to her mother, after a rough year in business that caused Blair to turn off the grills and close up shop at Magoo’s.”You get to a point that you have to stop,” Blair said. “You can’t keep digging the hole deeper and deeper.”Magoo’s follows in the wake of Gracy’s, a consignment clothing store, as the second business in the Glenwood Meadows to close within a month. Blair said that the high rents and low pedestrian traffic were the cause in her case.”The rent is really expensive over there and we weren’t getting enough traffic,” she said. “I do believe that other people are hurting over there as well.”But Thor Jensen, co-owner of Moe’s Southwest Grill, said his business is doing pretty well.”We are pretty happy,” Jensen said. “I think all of us aren’t seeing the numbers that we wanted to see, but we’re growing and are seeing some good numbers.”However, those numbers weren’t good enough for Blair to keep the grills burning. Blair said the summer of 2006, Magoo’s first, was a pretty good season that made her future on Market Street look good. But the winter season saw a downturn that was hard to overcome.”The winter was really bad,” Blair said. “It was tough to catch up from that, and we just never did.”The problem, according to Blair, is the lack of marketing for the Meadows to increase consumer traffic to the smaller shops that line Market Street.”I think we (proprietors) were expecting Target and Lowe’s to bring the people in, but that wasn’t happening,” she said.Jensen agreed that marketing for the Market Street Shops is pretty minimal around town. Jensen said from Interstate 70 there isn’t much advertising and from the other direction, coming from Midland Avenue, there isn’t much either, he said.”Unless you’re standing in Glenwood Meadows, there is nothing to promote Glenwood Meadows,” Jensen said.Miller-Weingarten Realty, LLC, based in Englewood, are the Realtors for the Glenwood Meadow’s commercial properties but were not available for comment due to the July 4th holiday.The Public Improvement Fee (PIF) that is an added city fee to pay for improvements like the roundabouts at the West Glenwood and I-70 interchange, and other projects, isn’t one of the reasons for the slow business on Market Street, according to Blair.”I don’t think the PIF charge is a factor,” she said. “You don’t notice it on a lunch, it’s on the bigger purchases when you notice it.”Blair and Jensen agreed in their opinion that the Meadows will more than likely continue to flourish, despite the closing of Magoo’s and Gracy’s.”It’s probably going to take more time,” Blair said. “We just couldn’t wait anymore. It’s sad but you just come across a point in life and you just get past it.”Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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