Biz Buzz, April 17, 2011

The closure of City Market in Eastgate Shopping Center, 2830 North Ave., did no favors to the nine remaining businesses in the smaller units to the east of the grocer.

One of those businesses, The UPS Store No. 139, has experienced a revenue dip of about 10 percent year to date, and store owner Therese Luellen said, “I think everyone is starting to feel it more and more.”

Six of the businesses — Hair We Are, Champion Rent-To-Own, Grand Junction Hookah Lounge, The UPS Store, Eastgate Vacuum Co. and Carpetland — banded together for a promotion in hopes of reminding people they’re still alive and kicking. Customers at those stores can register to win a $500 shopping spree. The drawing will take place May 2, and the winner doesn’t need to be present.

Luellen heard the rumors circulating about Costco moving into the former City Market and the large space immediately to the west vacated by StarTek.

“Unfortunately,” she said, “they’re unfounded.”

It is her understanding Costco looked at the location but decided against it. Now, she hopes someone soon will fill the City Market/StarTek voids.

“The thing is: It’s a good location,” Luellen said. “If you look at a map, we’re right in the center of town.”

Aldo’s Pizza and Deli has departed from its 12th Street location with a promise of reopening in a new location.

A note on the door at 1230 N. 12th St. says, in part: “After much debate and consideration the owners have decided to close Aldo’s. The owners will be looking for a better location in the Valley to reopen with an expanded menu, seating and alcohol. Please look for Aldo’s Italian Bar & Grill in the future.”

The space won’t sit empty long. Another note on the door touts a May opening of Yoshi Bowl Quick & Healthy Pan-Asian Cuisine. It will serve rice and noodle bowls, plus “a few of Aldo’s signature sandwiches will be retained under different names.”

Panchero’s Mexican Grill, 2474 U.S. Highway 6&50, closed at the end of March, leaving open a unit next to Cold Stone Creamery and Ghengis Grill in Grand Mesa Center.

Leslie Musselmann, who owned the restaurant with her husband, Eric, said closing boiled down to “just the economy really.”

The Musselmanns also own the Panchero’s in Montrose, which Leslie said is doing well.

Brad Wilkins became an Edward Jones investor two years ago. Now, he’s a financial adviser who just opened the Grand Valley’s 14th office for the financial-services giant.

After several months of working under Edward Jones financial adviser Gary Nagy in Suite 600 of the Alpine Bank building, 225 N. Fifth St., Wilkins set up shop at 2532 Patterson Road, Suite 13, in the Foresight Professional Plaza.

Formerly a finance manager for an automobile business, Wilkins said his Edward Jones financial adviser got to know him and told him he’d make a good financial adviser. Now, he is one, but Wilkins said getting the job took more than a good recommendation.

“They only hire about 1 percent of those people who apply every year,” Wilkins said.

Backyard Outfitters’ departure from 3098 Interstate 70 Business Loop last fall didn’t leave it homeless for long, as it resurfaced in December a mile down the highway at 3002 I-70B.

The store’s square footage dwindled from 3,800 to 800, but owner Mike Nevins gained a more affordable lease and foot traffic that comes from sitting between Dairy Queen and Nick’s Emporium in the strip mall on the northeast corner of the 30 Road and I-70B intersection. Fewer items get displayed, but for a Big Green Egg, Backyard Outfitters remains Grand Junction’s sole retailer of the grill/smoker. And Nevins still designs and orders outdoor kitchens.

Emergency food stuffs have become more prominent, and WaterBrick easy-stacking water-storage containers are new on the sales floor, as are grain mills, hand-powered or electric.

The new spot also has new hours: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.


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