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Rich Laden

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  • Closer look at City for Champions, Part 1: Colorado Springs might back it, if there is 'a very well-defined investment'

    Updated: Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    Since Colorado Springs civic leaders unveiled their City for Champions tourism proposal last summer, the enthusiasm displayed by the plan's supporters has been matched only by the skepticism voiced by its critics. That shouldn't be a surprise. Springs-area residents have a track...

  • Colorado Springs-area foreclosure activity declined in 2013, mirroring rest of the state

    Published: Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    The number of properties in El Paso and Teller counties that were sold after falling into foreclosure dropped sharply last year, a decline that mirrored an improving foreclosure picture in the rest of the state, according to a Colorado Division of Housing report released Thursday....

  • Plans shaping up for more restaurants on Colorado Springs' north side

    Updated: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    More restaurants are coming to Copper Ridge at Northgate, the Bass Pro Shops-anchored retail complex on Colorado Springs’ far north side, southeast of Interstate 25 and North Gate Boulevard. Last week, an engineering firm submitted a development plan to the city’s Land Use Review...

  • California-based Togo's sandwiches to open in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    Last year, East Coast favorite Jersey Mike's Subs entered Colorado Springs. Now, a West Coast sandwich fixture is coming to town. Togo's, a California-based chain, plans five franchised locations in Colorado Springs over the next few years - the latest in a long line of sandwich...

  • Experts: Demand for apartments to continue in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    Housing officials meeting at last week’s National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas discussed why they expect a continued increase in the demand for apartments. Among the reasons: Developers are catching up on apartment construction after the...

  • Kmart store closing at Palmer Park and Powers boulevards in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Feb 6, 2014

    Kmart's 32-year-old store at Powers and Palmer Park boulevards will close in mid-May, part of another round of closings nationwide by troubled owner Sears Holdings Corp. A liquidation sale will begin Feb. 23 at the store, which is part of the Powers Centre shopping center in the...

  • Colorado Springs home sales fall in January for third straight month

    Updated: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Colorado Springs-area home sales fell in January for the third consecutive month, although prices continued to climb, according to a report by the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors. Last month's sales of 596 homes declined nearly 10 percent compared with January 2013, the report...

  • Colorado Springs-area foreclosure activity unexpectedly high in January

    Published: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Colorado Springs-area foreclosure activity was unexpectedly high last month after having slowed in 2013, a report from the El Paso County Public Trustee's Office shows. Foreclosure filings, which are the start of a legal process that can lead to the loss of a home or other property,...

  • More hamburger restaurants taking a bite out of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    Judging from the number of hamburger restaurants in the Pikes Peak region, Colorado Springs-area residents love their burgers. But industry competition is as tough as a burnt patty, and a couple of hamburger chains have gone out of business or left town in recent years. Can new...

  • Short Stop Deluxe Burgers dishes hamburgers for more than 20 years in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    In 1993, Ted Vong was a 23-year-old franchisee operating Short Stop Deluxe Burgers in Colorado Springs, then part of a national chain. When the chain went under a year later, Vong said, he had a choice: Fold the business or go it alone without corporate support. Faced with a...

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