Traders Coffee closes Redlands store
Traders Coffee and Tea has pulled out of the Redlands, closing one of its two stores in Grand Junction.
The closing of the store at 2518 Broadway comes on the heels of the nation’s recent economic downturn, but the store’s owners say it has more to do with traffic patterns that occurred with the Riverside Parkway construction than the economic climate.
“It was just an underperforming store. It always has been,” co-owner Dee Corman said. “Nothing seemed to be helping. Why throw good money to bad?”
Traders will focus on its store at Patterson Road and Seventh Street, which is reporting higher-than-normal year-to-date sales and remains “a meeting place” for everyone from politicians to church socialites, he said.
“When we opened the Redlands store, it started out doing really strong. When they started the Riverside Parkway project, it diminished a lot of our traffic,” Corman said. “We were holding out for the Parkway to reopen and see if that changed the dynamics.”
Nearby competition didn’t help, either. A Starbucks coffee shop is in the same parking lot, and another coffee shop, Allegro, opened recently at 2148 Broadway.
Corman said the store opened three years ago, a year and a half after the store on Patterson.