Rich Laden

Business Reporter

  • Colorado Springs' retail center brings new stores, but stalls on road project promises

    Updated: 27 min ago

    Polaris Pointe, a Colorado Springs retail center formerly known as Copper Ridge at Northgate, was pitched to city officials several years ago with the promise it would be more than just another place to shop. Backers said the 2 million-square-foot complex would bring big boxes,...

  • Manitou Springs fruitcake toss returns in style after one-year absence

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    It wasn't the Super Bowl, and these weren't footballs they were throwing - deflated or otherwise. But Saturday's return of Manitou Springs' silly, but revered, Great Fruitcake Toss after a one-year absence brought out MVP performances in dozens of eager participants, some of whom...

  • Status quo for Colorado Springs apartment scene: vacancies low, rents high


    A continued strong demand for apartments and relatively little construction kept Colorado Springs' apartment vacancy rate low and rents high during the fourth quarter of last year, according to a report from the Colorado Division of Housing and Apartment Association of Southern...

  • Thousands of high-paying jobs coming to Colorado Springs?

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    In one of the more upbeat business forecasts in recent years, a top economic development official said Thursday that Colorado Springs is in the running to snag employers who could bring as many as 2,000 high-paying jobs to town - part of a recent upswing in interest in the Pikes Peak...

  • Colorado Springs real estate continues its ups and downs

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Not all Colorado Springs real estate is created equal - at least, in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Area home sales and prices rose last year and seem to be on track for a solid start in 2015. The local apartment market was hot in 2014 and shows no signs of reversing course....

  • Colorado Springs mortgage lender gives up 'Freedom' for new name

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Freedom Financial Services, a Colorado Springs mortgage lender and division of Mortgage Solutions of Colorado, has changed its name to Mortgage Solutions Financial, the company said Thursday. The change takes effect immediately and will be finalized by April 30 as the company updates...

  • Coquette's Bistro & Bakery expanding its downtown Colorado Springs location

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Coquette's Bistro & Bakery has come a long way from the 1,600-square-foot location that opened more than five years ago in Manitou Springs. The family-run business, whose gluten-free offerings and homemade products have developed a loyal following, is growing again - expanding...

  • Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens third Colorado Springs location

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Fast-growing Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open its third Colorado Springs location at 11 a.m. Thursday at 811 Cheyenne Meadows Road on the city’s southwest side. The Texas-based, fast-casual chain also has local restaurants at 1466 Garden of the Gods Road and 4146 Austin Bluffs Parkway....

  • Social Security's Colorado Springs office will expand hours in March

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Beginning March 16, the Social Security Administration will open for an extra hour four days a week at its Colorado Springs office as part of a nationwide increase in the agency's customer service hours. The Springs office at 1049 N. Academy Blvd. will be open from 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m....

  • Some parts of Colorado Springs' commercial real estate rebounded in 2014

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    A new report on the state of Colorado Springs' commercial real estate says the industrial and retail segments saw gains in 2014, while the office sector continued to lag - a sign that the city continues to suffer from a lack of high-paying jobs. "Of all three markets, the office...