Rich Laden

Business Reporter

  • Colorado Springs apartment rents hit another record high

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    First, there was no room at the inn. Now, there's no room at the apartment complex. The Colorado Springs-area apartment vacancy rate fell to 4.3 percent in the third quarter, the lowest since 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2001, according to a new report by the Colorado Division...

  • Tex-Mex chain to make Colorado debut with a Colorado Springs location

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Taco Bueno, a Dallas-based restaurant chain that specializes in Tex-Mex fare, plans to open its first Colorado location next year in north Colorado Springs. A single-story office building at 7970 N. Academy, near Jamboree Drive, will be torn down and a 2,200-square-foot Taco Bueno...

  • $1.99-and-under gas comes to Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Yes, Virginia, there is gas under $2 in the Pikes Peak region. A gallon of regular gasoline was selling for $1.98 on Wednesday at the Sam's Club on Colorado Springs' south side, while the city's two Costco Wholesale Clubs and a second Sam's on the north side were selling it for...

  • Colorado Springs commercial real estate continues slow rebound from recession

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Colorado Springs' commercial real estate market might not be as robust as that of Denver and northern Colorado, but it should see better times in 2015, according to a forecast by Quantum Commercial Group, a local commercial brokerage. "We're moving forward. We're just not moving...

  • City for Champions project update: U.S. Olympic Museum

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    U.S. Olympic Museum Projected cost: $59.4 million. Percent covered by state sales tax, under Regional Tourism Act: 42 percent Amount of private money raised: $11 million announced, with another $15 million committed, although not yet publicly announced. On the money: Museum...

  • Downtown Colorado Springs sports and event center far from a done deal

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    This week is an anniversary of sorts for City for Champions, four ambitious projects designed to fuel the tourism industry in Colorado Springs. Tuesday marks one year since the Colorado Economic Development Commission earmarked $120.5 million in state sales tax rebates to help...

  • Owner of the Colorado Springs Gazette considers reviving the Rocky Mountain News

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    The owner of The Gazette is exploring the possibility of reviving the Rocky Mountain News, the longtime Denver daily newspaper that folded more than five years ago. Denver-based Clarity Media Group, controlled by businessman Philip Anschutz, has created a 28-page Rocky Mountain News...

  • Amy's Donuts to receive Colorado Springs entrepreneurial award

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present the Spirit of the Springs Entrepreneurial Award to Amy’s Donuts, a 1-year-old, mom-and-pop doughnut shop, at 9 a.m. Wed., Dec. 10. The award presentation will take place at Amy’s, 2704 E. Fountain Blvd., on the city's south side. Amy's was...

  • Colorado Springs flu shot clinic caters to uninsured and underinsured

    Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    There was no doubt Donna Curtis would get a flu shot this year. "Last year, I had pneumonia," the Colorado Springs resident said. "I did not want to get sick again. It went from bronchitis to pneumonia in 48 hours. I didn't want that again." Curtis was among about a dozen people...

  • Colorado Springs police investigate report of attempted sexual assault

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    A woman told Colorado Springs police that she fought off an attempted sexual assault early Saturday by a man who had given her a ride in his pick-up truck a few minutes earlier. The woman told police she was walking near Chelton Road and Astrozon Boulevard around 3 a.m. Saturday when...