Rich Laden

Business/News Business Reporter

Visitors to New York's Times square walk past a Ruby Tuesday restaurant, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Customers have been walking away from sit-down chains as convenience and affordability take precedence. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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FILE - In this June 30, 2016 file photo, nozzles pump gas into vehicles at a BP gas station in Hoboken, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A home under construction last week in the Flying Horse development in northern Colorado Springs symbolizes the surge in home building that's accompanied this year's soaring housing market. The pace of homebuilding is up, along with home sales and prices on the resale side of the market. RICH LADEN, THE GAZETTE
Tony Exum smiles after talking with a supporter while campaigning in the area of Tahoe Blvd and Yellowstone Rd on Friday, October 14, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
A rendering of an American Girl shop, as it will be set up inside of Toys R Us stores such as the one in Colorado Springs. COURTESY: TOYS R US
A demolition crew was taking down the old Cheyenne Motel on S. Nevada Ave. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. A 100-acre area on either side of South Nevada - between Interstate 25 and East Cheyenne Road - was declared an urban renewal site by the City Council last November. Developers have purchased several parcels, and plan to bring new restaurants, stores, apartments and the like to the area. photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
A rainbow hangs over downtown Colorado Springs during a recent evening rainshower Friday, June 19, 2015. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette