Rich Laden

Business Reporter

  • Longtime rocks and stamps shops in Colorado Springs to close

    Updated: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Two Colorado Springs businesses that have delighted collectors and hobbyists for more than a half-century are closing shop. Art Ackley, who started Ackley's Rocks & Stamps in 1964 and sold the rocks and minerals component of the business six years ago, is closing his stamp collecting...

  • Forbes Travel Guide gives The Broadmoor its 55th consecutive five-star rating

    Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    The Broadmoor hotel was wearing diamonds a few weeks ago. Now, it's seeing stars. The Forbes Travel Guide on Wednesday named the internationally known Colorado Springs resort as a five-star winner in its 2015 ratings of hotels worldwide. It's the 55th consecutive year that The...

  • Global tourism reps gather this week at Colorado Springs resort

    Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The 27th annual Go West Summit takes place this week at The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs - an international tourism industry trade show that local officials hope also will help woo travelers to the Pikes Peak region. The event brings together tour operators from around the...

  • Albertsons closing unprofitable store in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Albertsons is closing its store on Colorado Springs' southwest side, but it's not related to the grocery's recent merger with Safeway. The store - open since 1980 at 455 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. - has been unprofitable, and the lease on the space was set to expire, Albertsons...

  • Stuart Scott, longtime member of Colorado Springs real estate community, dies at 68

    Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Stuart Scott was known as much for his gentlemanly ways, love of family and willingness to mentor younger colleagues as he was for his expertise in real estate. A member of the Colorado Springs business community since the mid-1970s, Scott worked in development, property management...

  • Colorado Springs office complex sold to California company

    Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    A California real estate company with holdings in several cities has paid $15 million for the three-building NorthCreek office complex on Colorado Springs' northwest side, its first acquisition in the state. Younan Properties, a privately held investment and management firm, plans to...

  • Colorado Springs' housing market a mixed bag in January

    Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Colorado Springs' single-family housing market was a mixed bag last month as it began the new year. The pace of local homebuilding in January swooned to a three-year low, although industry officials say they're not alarmed. The resale market, meanwhile, continued a recent upward...

  • Broadmoor bringing back horseback riding, adding a Rutledge's clothing store

    Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    The Broadmoor hotel isn't standing still. The luxury resort, where upgrades last year included a $57 million makeover of Broadmoor West, is adding to its lengthy list of amenities by constructing a stable near Bear Creek Park to offer horseback riding, partnering with longtime...

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

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    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: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    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...