Biz Buzz, June 20, 2010

If you walk into Family Auto and Truck Center, 139 North Ave., and ask for Paul, you might not know where to turn upon hearing the echoes: “I’m Paul. How can I help you?”

That’s because there are three of them, representing three generations of family and a combined 109 years of auto-sales experience. Paul C. Reed Jr. owns the used-car lot, which opened May 1, and he employs his father, Paul C. Reed Sr., and Paul Poudrier, grandson to Sr. and nephew to Jr.

Poudrier, though, helps limit the confusion by answering to “Hoss.”

Although the vast majority of the family’s car dealing has been in California, members have been migrating to Grand Junction for about a decade, Poudrier said. As more of the family moved to Grand Junction, 82-year-old Reed Sr. thought perhaps they should open a used-car dealership in town.

“He was retired, and I think he was bored, so he wanted to set us up with our own business,” Poudrier said.

The business is off to a good start, he added. It opened with about a half-dozen cars and had people show up on the lot once it had about a dozen cars. By mid-May it had 26 cars for sale. Thursday, after selling two cars, Family Auto and Truck Center had 37 vehicles on the lot. The goal, Poudrier said, is to have 40 to 45 cars and a healthy range of prices. Its least expensive offering is listed at $3,995, its most expensive at $27,900.

Beyond that, Poudrier said, “We’re striving for a reputation of selling reliable vehicles and providing quality customer service.”

For more information and a complete list of its inventory, go to http://www.family autoandtruckcenter.com.

It appears adding breakfast sandwiches to the menu has meant more bread for area Subway restaurants.

Fourteen of the 15 Subways owned by Jim and Liz Cagle on the Western Slope — which include nine in Grand Junction, one in Montrose and one in Delta — began serving breakfast April 1 as part of a national change made by the restaurant chain. The one restaurant not serving breakfast is the Subway in Mesa Mall.

The breakfast offerings appear to be bringing in more customers. Chad Feltz, regional operations manager for the Cagles’ Subways, said a comparison of the past three months with the same three months a year ago shows a 42 percent increase in overall unit sales and a 40 percent increase in foot traffic. A unit, he said, is one item sold from the menu.

Feltz said it appears people are catching on to the idea Subway now serves breakfast, which for most of the restaurants meant a switch to 7 a.m. openings instead of 8 a.m. weekdays. Saturdays and Sundays retain 8 a.m. store openings.

“Not many of us knew what to expect,” Feltz said of the breakfast launch. “We knew going in that this was going to be a pretty drawn-out deal. I think we’re seeing an increase (in early-morning customers) as people become more aware.”

Courtyard by Marriott has opened at 105 Wulfsohn Road in Glenwood Springs. It is owned and managed by Stonebridge Companies, of Englewood, which also opened a Residence Inn next door to the Glenwood Springs Courtyard in March.

The 101-room, three-story Courtyard offers amenities including a restaurant and bar, indoor pool, business and fitness centers, a Starbucks kiosk and a 24-hour shop for snacks and sundries. The lobby features a 52-inch touch screen providing information on local attractions and restaurants, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines.

West Slope Ag Center has been open now for about seven months at 2734 B 1/2 Road. It’s the second store owned by Eldon and Leslie Handke, the first being in Olathe. Their son Brandon, 20, runs the Grand Valley store, which he said has been busy of late, largely the result of people growing their own food.

“We kind of take care of smaller customers,” he said.


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