Biz Buzz, Aug. 12, 2012

When Susan Sixbey learned Grand Central Liquors was at risk of closing, the former owner decided she had to act.

She purchased the business at 200 W. Grand Ave., No. 12, in 2003 and sold it four years later. She reacquired it earlier this spring, shuttered it briefly for remodeling and reopened it as Grand Central Discount Liquors.

“We didn’t want to see it close,” she said. “It has a 30-year history behind it.”

The temporary closure allowed Sixbey to install a new floor, rearrange shelving and otherwise spruce up the interior. The addition of “discount” to the business name was a reflection of the fact that the store sells beer about 5 percent lower than what the markup price could be, Sixbey said.

She’s also reintroducing a lineup of cigars, a fully stocked feature of the business when Sixbey first owned it.

“We are just working really hard on customer service and letting people know that we’re back,” she said. “We’ve got new energy.”

■ Petroleum distribution business Monument Oil has made its home in multiple locations in the Grand Valley since Cloy Brown started it in 1926.

When Brown’s grandson and third-generation owner Paul opens it later this month at its newest spot at 560 Colorado Ave., the business will have made a full circle.

Seeking a traditional office location in a high traffic area — but of the quieter sort of traffic — Brown relocated the business from the former Go-Fer Foods store at 102 North Ave. to downtown.

“I think downtown just has the vitality and the peacefulness down there for what we need. It’s near restaurants. It’s very convenient for employees to get there,” Brown said.

The downtown area is a familiar one to Monument Oil, though it was a couple of generations ago. Between the 1950s and the early 1980s, the business was located near South Sixth Street and South Avenue, then at 11th Street and Colorado Avenue. It hopped around to a few more, locating at First Street and North Avenue.

While its most recent home was adequate on an interim basis, it had its drawbacks, Brown said.

“Being on First and North, we get to experience sirens and car wrecks. Police officers use our parking lot as their ticket staging area. If I had a dollar for every ticket they’ve issued on my lot, I could probably retire,” Brown said.

Brown purchased the Fifth and Colorado location from the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority in February. The 4,700-square-foot building offers nearly twice the space of the 2,400-square-foot at the former convenience store. It will house the company’s three management employees and three bookkeepers.

Walker Discount Medical Supply, 2241 N. Seventh St., closed last month after more than 50 years in the pharmaceutical and medical supply retail business.

The marquee outside the business now contains for-lease information.

The business operated as Walker Discount Drug until 2009, when it stopped offering prescription drugs and began offering medical supplies and some general store amenities.

Owner Jack Walker was out of town last week and couldn’t be reached for comment. A Walker Drug, also owned by Walker, continues to operate in Moab, Utah.

Lil’ Guido’s Pizzeria & More has closed in Clifton’s Coronado Plaza.

The Italian restaurant opened about this time two years ago at 569 32 Road in the space formerly occupied by Johnny 50’s.

A phone number for the business was no longer active last week.

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