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Ski lift maker marks 30 years in GJ

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Leitner-Poma of America will celebrate 30 years in Grand Junction this Friday. Three years ago, it looked like that milestone might not happen. The maker of ski lifts had outgrown the eight-acre site at 2510 Foresight Circle it moved into on ...

Biz Buzz, Jan. 30, 2011

By Staff

When Kyle Reed opened a Big League Haircuts franchise in Grand Mesa Center in October 2008, it was with the intent of opening a second location a year later. Of course, that’s when the downturn in the national economy got a grip on Grand ...

Some see another bad year for real estate sales

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Real Estate West Managing Broker Tina Harbin has hoped every year since 2007 would be a better one for real estate in the Grand Valley. Every year, she has been disappointed. And she doesn’t expect to feel much better about ...

Biz Buzz, Jan. 23, 2011

By Staff

Chris Turpin said he owned a little coffee shop in Jefferson County 15 years ago, but the venture lasted a mere nine months. Marriage and raising a family called for a better-compensating career choice. But the Fruita resident who works ...

012011 Alpine Motel

Collbran’s only motel reopens

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The Alpine Motel at 103 Spring St. in Collbran is once again open for business after 17 months on the real estate market. Collbran resident Jim Matarozzo recently bought the 14-room hotel for $262,500. Matarozzo said Wednesday in a phone ...


January closures part of economic ‘churn’

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The menus have been torn from the drive-through lane’s lighted boards, the sign hovering over North Avenue painted over and the logo veiled at Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard. The drive-through restaurant at 2301 North Ave. is one ...

Biz Buzz, Jan. 16, 2011

By Staff

Hearing-aid center Miracle-Ear got a new owner and shortly thereafter a new location to finish out last year. Lisa Marie Norris bought the business at 3094 Interstate 70 Business Loop, Unit A, on Nov. 1 and moved it to 2232 N. Seventh St., ...

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Energy efficient projects good for the bottom line, and environment

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Palisade Pharmacy’s $70,000-plus investment in a solar-power installation in the fall is “a fair amount of money,” admits owner Walt Jorgensen. But in no more than four years, the investment will pay for itself, he ...

Biz Buzz, Jan. 9, 2011

By Staff

Three stores in Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50, are slated to close soon. Women’s clothing store Rave, music and video retailer f.y.e. (For Your Entertainment) and build-your-own-teddy-bear store Teddy Bear Stuff’n Factory ...

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Resumption of Downtown Uplift work has merchants jittery, jolly

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Main Street merchants vary in their feelings about Monday’s start of the second phase of the Downtown Uplift project. Some see the construction as something to be endured. Others see it as a necessary means to a much-anticipated end. A ...

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