Men’s clothing stores lacking, report says

STUART ROGERS is the manager of Village Squire Clothiers in downtown Grand Junction and doesn’t believe Grand Junction can support “four or five competing men clothiers.”



Men without a good looking set of duds in the Grand Valley finally have an excuse.

A recently released $72,000 study confirms men have few choices when it comes to threads in Mesa County. Women, on the other hand, could use a few more health and personal-care salons.

“The main ‘ah ha’ that we get out of this, the most important results, are what are the deficits in our retail trade area,” said Debbie Kovalik, director of economic, convention and visitor services for the city of Grand Junction. “There is just not a large availability of men’s clothing.”

Stuart Rogers, manager of the Village Squire Clothiers, 419 Main St., disputes the study’s findings.

“We are so, so casual in this town in terms of men’s clothing,” he said. “We are just not big enough to have four or five competing men’s clothiers.”

The area’s supply of outlets at the Mesa Mall and the Herberger’s, Target’s and Wal-Marts in the valley are filling the need, he said.

More options at existing stores could also emerge from the study, said Heidi Hoffman Ham, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority. Knowing there is a lack of certain items in the local market might encourage some retailers to diversify their product line and fill that niche, she said.

The study also makes it plain that residents in Clifton have to leave Clifton to spend their money.

“It shows these people are driving to shop,” Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland said.

With the study in hand, Rowland said she would encourage retailers already in the local market who are thinking about opening another store in the Grand Valley to consider some of the study’s demographic information.

Backers of the study intend to use it as a tool to assist expanding businesses and to recruit new ones to the valley.


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