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Rich Laden

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  • City for Champions supporters tout benefits of downtown Colorado Springs sports venue

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    For years, downtown Tulsa, Okla., had a reputation as quiet and dull - the kind of place where the sidewalks were rolled up at night. That was before the Tulsa community invested in a major, publicly funded economic development initiative, which included a new downtown civic arena,...

  • California group buys retail center in northern Colorado Springs


    A California group has paid $4.63 million to buy a roughly 15,000-square-foot building that's part of the Northgate Plaza retail center, southeast of InterQuest and Voyager parkways on Colorado Springs' north side. LBK II 1994 Trust of California purchased the property from a limited...

  • Colorado Secretary of State candidates focused on voting rights

    Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Democrat Joe Neguse and Republican Wayne Williams give almost identical answers when asked why they're running for Colorado secretary of state: Both use the word "sacred" when talking about the right to vote and say they want to protect and enhance the state's electoral process. How...

  • Colorado Springs foodies say goodbye to long drives, hello to Trader Joe's

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    The wait ended Friday for foodies throughout the Pikes Peak region. Ultra-popular specialty grocer Trader Joe's - whose gourmet foods, one-of-a-kind items, low prices and clever marketing have inspired what experts call a cult-like following - opened its first Colorado Springs store...

  • Trader Joe's opens to crowd, long lines in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Follow @RichLaden  and  @JakobRodgers of The Gazette on Twitter for live updates from the 8 a.m. Friday opening of the Trader Joe's in Colorado Springs. You can also use the hashtag #cstraderjoes to see updates. An estimated 200 customers were lined up before the doors...

  • Trader Joe's brings its popular, quirky and cool concept to Colorado Springs

    Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Safeway, Albertsons and King Soopers sell groceries. Trader Joe's sells a shopping experience. In stores that are about the size of a Walgreens, but which compete against large supermarkets and other specialty grocers, California-based Trader Joe's has attracted what retail experts...

  • Colorado Springs-area commercial real estate shows slight gains during third quarter

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    The Pike Peak region's commercial real estate market saw slight improvements in some sectors during the third quarter, according to a report released Thursday by Turner Commercial Research of Colorado Springs. The combined vacancy rate for offices, industrial buildings and shopping...

  • Competitors don't sweat opening of Trader Joe's in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    When Trader Joe's opens its first Colorado Springs store this week, don't expect local and national groceries to suddenly offer a flurry of specials, ramp up their advertising or take other steps to counter the chain's buzz. "Nothing to kind of trump them," Greg Kreger, a floor...

  • Colorado Springs home sales soar in September

    Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Home sales and prices rose again last month in the Colorado Springs area, as the local resale housing market continued its recent hot streak, according to a report by the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors. Sales totaled 1,026 in September - a nearly 24 percent jump from the same...

  • Top 5 favorite Trader Joe's products

    Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    This week, thousands of Colorado Springs-area residents are expected to line up in advance of Friday's opening of Trader Joe's at the University Village Colorado shopping center, which will be the chain's first Colorado Springs location. "Usually, grocery shopping is a chore," said...