Biz Buzz, May 19, 2013

Coffee lovers and women looking for additional fashion options will soon get a little love, courtesy of Mesa Mall.

Hollister and Rock a buy KIDS are out and Starbucks and Charlotte Russe will soon be in as part of a double swap of tenants at the mall.

Starbucks is moving into Clock Court and the space formerly occupied by Hot Topic, which relocated to the space left behind when Rock a buy KIDS moved in March. Rock a buy KIDS, which sells used children’s clothing, indicated on its Facebook page that it is still searching for a new home.

Starbucks, which has another location in the mall inside Target, will open in Clock Court in early June, said Chelsi Reimer, director of marketing and business development for Simon Property Group, the owner of the mall.

Reimer said Starbucks will provide a seating area in Clock Court.

“It really adds to the comfort and feel of the mall itself,” she said.

A little more than a month after Starbucks opens, Charlotte Russe, a San Diego-based retailer of clothing and accessories for women, will open in the location formerly occupied by Hollister, which closed at the end of April, Reimer said.

“We’re really excited about Charlotte Russe,” she said. “They’re a more affordable, fashion-forward retailer.”

Hollister, a clothing and goods retailer that primarily targets teenagers, had operated in the mall since 2007.

■ The move covers a short distance, but ultimately the Pro Bono Project of Mesa County believes the change will make a sizable difference.

The Pro Bono Project in March relocated from an office it shared with Colorado Legal Services at 200 N. Sixth St., Suite 203, to 619 Main St. inside Harris Suites. The change will help the Pro Bono Project separate itself from another nonprofit group that provides free legal services and give it more room to offer those services.

“We just started seeing ... too much of the same population in the same office,” Pro Bono Project Executive Director Karen Detmers said of sharing an office with Colorado Legal Services.

The Pro Bono Project’s top priority is helping clients with domestic-violence protection orders. But Detmers said the nonprofit is seeing a demand — and consequently working to meet it — for additional civil law services such as property disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, Chapter 7 bankruptcy and post-decree modifications.

Detmers said the Pro Bono Project is now working out of a larger office that offers conference rooms and the room to teach clinics.

■ Coming off a bitterly cold winter and in the midst of a spring and economy that have both been slow to warm, Jo Lynn Garcia-Tillman decided to close Jo’s Clothes Consignment, 251 Colorado Ave., rather than ride things out or fork out the money to move her business to another location.

“If I were 10 years younger and a few thousand dollars richer, I would probably weather the storm,” she said. “I just decided it would be the best thing for me personally.”

Garcia-Tillman opened her second-hand store inside another business on Grand Junction’s Main Street in 2008, then struck out on her own the following year. She liked the accessibility of her Colorado Avenue location but considered finding another place that would bring her more foot and vehicle traffic. In the end, she decided spending the money to move in the hopes of bumping up sales wasn’t worth the risk.

“I still think given enough time this location (on Colorado) would have been fine,” she said — but it was time she wasn’t willing to put in.

The store, which offered consignment clothing, accessories, footwear and used clothing. will hold a liquidation sale Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sale items will feature all remaining merchandise as well as an antique jewelry case, office equipment and supplies, clothing racks, display cases and hardware.

The HoneyBaked Ham Co., 2464 U.S. Highway 6&50, Suite 112, has closed.

The store, which offered HoneyBaked hams and turkeys, side dishes and sandwiches, was located in the Grand Mesa Center.

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