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Rich Laden

Business Reporter

  • 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...

  • Colorado Springs man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after woman found dead

    Updated: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter Saturday morning after a woman with a gunshot wound was found dead in a central Colorado Springs neighborhood, police said. Erik Dean Dlouhy of Colorado Springs was taken into custody, Colorado Springs police said. Police...

  • Colorado Springs developer accused of stealing nearly $1 million from elderly man

    Updated: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Bankrupt Colorado Springs real estate developer Jannie Richardson was arrested this week after she allegedly stole from an elderly, confused associate by persuading him to write checks on her behalf totaling nearly $1 million, court documents show. Richardson was held Friday at the El...

  • Homebuilding in Colorado Springs jumps nearly 10 percent in September

    Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Colorado Springs-area home construction jumped almost 10 percent last month, reversing a six-month decline in building activity, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. Single-family building permits totaled 173 in September, up 9.8...