Goodies and Gifts auctioned for less than $7K

Everything inside Goodies and Gifts, 484 28 Road, went piecemeal at auction Wednesday for a total of $6,919.

The state seized the food and novelty store and its contents two weeks ago. The business failed to forward $2,897.95 in sales tax to the state and did not send $1,848.09 in sales tax to the city of Grand Junction, according to Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch. Surplus funds from the auction will be disbursed in order from a lien claim priority list of debtors.

The auction began with a bulk bid of $6,000 for everything in the store. The bulk bid did not last, though, when individual bids on everything from coolers to wind chimes to chips and dip exceeded the $6,000 figure.

The bulk bid winner identified herself to the Daily Sentinel as the former owner of Goodies and Gifts.

The woman, who declined to give her name, said she sold the business to Cynthia Rodriguez a year ago. The former owner placed the bid to try to recoup some of her losses after the new owner allegedly failed to pay her in full for the store, she said.

“It’s pretty traumatic for me. It’s going to cost me my livelihood,” she said of the sale gone bad. “I want to get out of it what I can.”

All items must be removed from the building by 5 p.m. today, when the state will return the keys to the cleaned-out store back to the landlord.

Mesa County Assessor’s records show Joanne Duran as the building’s owner.


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