The dog finds a new house
Cashier Kathy Stauffer was happy to see Greyhound bus passengers crowd the Amoco station in west Glenwood Tuesday.”Our sales are up,” she said. “Inside the store, it has helped.”Last week, a portion of the 21 million passengers Greyhound transports each year experienced a new pick-up and drop-off point in Glenwood Springs. The bus terminal, formerly located downtown on the corner of Cooper Avenue and Seventh Street, moved to the Amoco station at 51171 U.S. Highway 6 & 24, just off the Interstate 70 exit.
“The move we have made is a permanent one,” Greyhound spokesperson Anna Folmnsbee said.Before the change on June 29, Silt resident John Bellio – co-owner of the Chocolate Moose Ice Cream Parlor – served as the station agent at the 701 Cooper Ave. terminal. Bellio took over the contract in the fall of 2004 when the terminal was located on Sixth Street behind the Village Inn.”We work with all of our agents on a contractual basis, and from what I understand it was a mutual business decision between Greyhound and the contractor,” Folmnsbee said. “The move is usual in the course of running a business.”Stauffer said Greyhound contacted the Amoco station to be one of the more than 2,000 agency-operated terminals in the U.S. She watched intently as a fellow Amoco employee interacted with bus passengers while a Greyhound agency sales manager trained her and the gas station’s staff this week.
“We have about 80 company-owned or -operated terminals that are fully staffed by Greyhound employees, like the one in Denver,” Folmnsbee said. “Any business or individual who has a facility can became an agency.”When the terminal was located downtown, the Glenwood Springs City Council received a complaint from former council member Don Gillespie. He expressed concern that buses idling below the pedestrian bridge and blocking Seventh Street would cause an unattractive and unhealthy environment for tourists coming off the foot bridge.Folmnsbee said she has high hopes that the west Glenwood Amoco station remains as the Greyhound terminal for the city, providing less controversy and more accessibility.
“I’m gathering from this mutual business decision that this will be more convenient for all parties involved,” she said. “We hope that we stay in this location, and that it works out.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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