Rich Laden

Business Reporter

  • Black Friday vs. Small Business Saturday: Colorado Springs' mom-and-pops prepare for battle

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Will Black Friday creep cast a shadow on Small Business Saturday? Last year, Stein Mart opened its doors to shoppers at 7 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving - the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season known as Black Friday. This year, and for the first time in its...

  • Christy Sports is on the move in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Christy Sports, a ski equipment fixture on Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs for almost a quarter-century, will schuss across town next year when it relocates to the University Village Colorado shopping center. Christy expects to open in mid-April in University Village, northwest...

  • Los Angeles company buys a third major commercial property in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Industrial Realty Group of Los Angeles has paid $9 million to buy an office and manufacturing campus on Colorado Springs' north side, marking its third major acquisition in the Pikes Peak region in the last five years. IRG, a privately owned real estate development and investment...

  • Can you top this? Colorado Springs doughnut shop hits sweet spot with customers

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Amy's Donuts is a mom-and-pop business that's finding success by offering more than just your father's doughnuts. When it opened almost a year ago on Colorado Springs' south side, Amy's gained a following with traditional glazed doughnuts. But the shop started attracting more...

  • Joe Raso leaving Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Joe Raso is resigning as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, 2½ years after becoming head of the area's top business organization. The board of the private, nonprofit alliance neither requested Raso's resignation nor was he fired, board chairman Tom...

  • Think Colorado Springs housing prices are high? New study gives perspective

    Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Colorado Springs has some of the most inexpensive home prices in the state, a new national study shows. The price for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family home in the Springs averaged $223,060 in the first half of this year - lowest among all but one of 28 Colorado communities...

  • Trader Joe's opening another Colorado store in February

    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Now that Trader Joe's has opened in Colorado Springs, it's setting its sights on Fort Collins. The popular California speciality grocer will open a 12,200-square-foot store at 8 a.m. Feb. 27 at 3500 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. It will be the sixth Trader Joe's in Colorado....

  • Colorado Springs developer taking time to decide fate of Banning Lewis Ranch

    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Nor'wood Development Group says it might take up to two years to decide what it will do with the roughly 18,000 acres of the Banning Lewis Ranch that it purchased this week for $28 million. "It is our intention to assess the entire property, its relationship with adjacent uses,...

  • Developer says it has finalized purchase of Banning Lewis Ranch

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Real estate company Nor’wood Development Group of Colorado Springs said Wednesday's it has completed its purchase of roughly 18,000 acres of the Banning Lewis Ranch, which makes up the eastern one-third of the city. "As a locally owned multi-generational business operating in the...

  • Woodland Park company reaches valve technology deal with Florida firm

    Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Woodland Park-based Sturman Industries has inked a licensing agreement with Sun Hydraulics Corp. of Florida that calls for Sturman's sophisticated digital valve technology to be used in Sun's products. Under the agreement, Sturman will research and develop new valve products for Sun,...