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Natural Grocers set to relocate Monument store, north of Colorado Springs

0 - Thu, Jul 9, 2015

Natural Grocers is relocating its Monument store, north of Colorado Springs.

On Tuesday, July 14, the Lakewood-based chain will close its store at 655 W. Highway 105; Natural Grocers will reopen at 8 a.m. the next day, Wednesday, July 15, at...

Wal-Mart's newest Supercenter opens next week in the Pikes Peak region
By: Rich Laden 0 Wed, Jul 8, 2015

Wal-Mart has set the opening dates for its newest Supercenter and its relocated Sam's Club in the Pikes Peak region.

The retailer's 10th...

Fewer Colorado Springs residents feel their home is 'ideal'
0 Tue, Jun 30, 2015

You might like your house or apartment in Colorado Springs, but the percentage of Springs-area residents who say their home is ideal is on the low...

Colorado Springs developer receives Distinguished Service Award
By: Rich Laden 0 Wed, May 13, 2015

 

One of Colorado Springs' biggest real estate developers is getting a big honor.

Chris Jenkins, president of Colorado...

Another sign Colorado Springs' housing market has improved: Distressed sales are on the wane
0 Mon, May 4, 2015

The Colorado Springs-area housing market is on the upswing, according to recent local and national reports. Both home sales and prices are...

North side hotel and water park getting a name change
By: Rich Laden 0 Tue, Apr 14, 2015

A hotel and water park planned for Colorado Springs' far north side appears to be getting a name change.

The Colorado Grand Resort and Hotel,...

Colorado Springs hurt by "dysfunctional" city leaders, Realtor says
0 Tue, Feb 3, 2015

The wrangling that's taken place the past few years between the Colorado Springs City Council and Mayor Steve Bach hasn't gone unnoticed in the local...

Colorado Springs home prices rise in 2014, but still trail pre-recession levels
0 Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Home prices in Colorado Springs rose in 2014 over the previous year, but still haven't made up all the ground they lost as a result of the recession,...

Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens third Colorado Springs location
By: Rich Laden 0 Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Fast-growing Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open its third Colorado Springs location at 11 a.m. Thursday at 811 Cheyenne Meadows Road on the city’s...

Colorado Springs economic forecast breakfast scheduled for Jan. 29
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, Jan 19, 2015

What's the outlook for housing in the Colorado Springs area? Commercial real estate? Key sectors of the local economy? Answers will be provided at...

Amy's Donuts to receive Colorado Springs entrepreneurial award
By: Rich Laden 0 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...

Trader Joe's opening another Colorado store in February
By: Rich Laden 0 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...

Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust fundraiser set for Nov. 13
0 Thu, Oct 30, 2014

The Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust's annual celebration and fundraiser takes place from 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center,...

On-line report says more than 100 Sears and Kmarts closing nationwide; none in Colorado
0 Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Seeking Alpha, an on-line information provider that covers the financial markets, reported Thursday that Sears Holdings Corp., the umbrella company...

Colorado Springs real estate agent named Colorado Realtor of the Year
0 Wed, Oct 22, 2014

Randy Reynolds, a broker associate with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Rocky Mountain in Colorado Springs and a veteran Springs real estate agent,...

Blog: Perkins Restaurant & Bakery now open in Colorado Springs
By: Rich Laden 0 Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery has completed its return to the Pikes Peak region.

Perkins re-opened Thursday, Sept. 19, at Platte Avenue and...

Blog: Colorado ranks 8th in the nation for $1 million homes
0 Mon, Aug 25, 2014

Zillow, the Seattle-based online real estate service, recently assembled a list of states with the highest percentage of $1 million-and-up homes....

Christmas is already here for at least one Colorado Springs retailer
By: Rich Laden 0 Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Christmas in July is a marketing gimmick for some retailers.

But Christmas in August? It's for real.

The Sam's Club at Academy...

Perkins is back in Colorado Springs; who else do you want to see return?
By: Rich Laden 0 Thu, Aug 21, 2014

After The Gazette reported that Perkins Restaurant & Bakery was coming back to Colorado Springs following a three-year absence, a longtime resident...

Colorado Springs restaurant gets some national love for its mac & cheese
0 Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Bourbon Brothers Southern Kitchen restaurant in Colorado Springs has grabbed the national spotlight for one of its signature dishes.

In a...

Kum & Go continues its Colorado Springs expansion
By: Rich Laden 0 Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Kum & Go, the Iowa-based convenience store chain that announced in 2012 it would expand into the Pikes Peak region, is continuing to add stores. On...

Which casual dining restaurant is America's favorite?
0 Tue, Aug 12, 2014

There are plenty of casual dining restaurant chains nationwide, but which one is the favorite of diners? It's the one that has 172 locations in 37...

Denver homes selling three times faster than those in Colorado Springs
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, Aug 11, 2014

Colorado Springs' single-family housing market has improved greatly from the depths of the recession, but it's nowhere near as hot as Denver.

...

Denver home prices rise 8.2 percent in May; Colorado Springs hits a record in June
0 Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Denver had an 8.2 percent year-over-year increase in home prices during May, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller report, which examines...

Colorado Springs shopping center hit with $6.9 million foreclosure notice
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Like single family homes, the number of Colorado Springs-area commercial properties falling into foreclosure has dwindled the last few years as the...

Colorado Crossing auction drawing interest in Colorado Springs
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

The Aug. 12 auction of the financially troubled Colorado Crossing mixed-use project in Colorado Springs appears to be drawing plenty of interest....

Trader Joe’s in Fort Collins delayed ’til 2015; Colorado Springs location still set to open in October
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Disappointing news for fans of Trader Joe’s in northern Colorado: The ultra-popular, California-based specialty grocer has pushed back the opening of...

Colorado Springs' foreclosure picture continues to brighten, reports show
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Colorado Springs’ foreclosure picture continues to improve, according to a pair of recent reports by CoreLogic, the California-based housing data...

Colorado Springs apartment complex purchased for $5.9 million
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Another Colorado Springs apartment complex has been sold. Shefflin Investments LLC, a Montecito, Calif.,-based real estate investment company, recently...

California group buys Colorado Springs office building for $3.2 million
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, Jun 30, 2014

A California group paid $3.2 million in June for a 23,199-square-foot office building at 630 Southpointe Court on Colorado Springs’ south side....

J.C. Penney has shut its doors at the Chapel Hills Mall; who will replace it?
By: Rich Laden 0 Tue, May 20, 2014

J.C. Penney has closed its store at the Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs. The national retailer followed through on its announcement earlier this...

Is renting better than buying in Colorado Springs?
By: Rich Laden 0 Fri, May 16, 2014

Local real estate agents no doubt would disagree, but online real estate company Zillow says that it makes more sense to rent than to buy a home in the...

A new name for Copper Ridge retail complex in Colorado Springs
By: Rich Laden 0 Wed, May 14, 2014

The Copper Ridge at Northgate retail complex on Colorado Springs’ far north side is no more. It’s been renamed “Polaris Pointe.”...

Colorado Springs one of the nation's top markets for homebuilding in 2013
By: Rich Laden 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Colorado Springs had one of the highest rates of single-family home construction in the nation during 2013, according to Jed Kolko, chief economist for...

Office Depot to close 400 stores by 2016
By: Rich Laden 0 Tue, May 6, 2014

Office Depot is the latest national retailer to announce store closures — the result of a merger between Office Depot and OfficeMax. In announcing...

Kmart at Powers and Palmer Park closes its doors on Sunday, May 11
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, May 5, 2014

It’s the last week for the Kmart at Powers and Palmer Park boulevards in the Colorado Springs area. The store’s last day is Sunday, May 11;...

Women's clothier Coldwater Creek going out of business; one store in Colorado Springs
By: Rich Laden 0 Fri, Apr 11, 2014

Another national retailer is going out of business. Women’s clothier Coldwater Creek, which has one Colorado Springs location at the Promenade...

Unofficial stats show Colorado Springs-area home sales and prices down in February, March
By: Rich Laden 0 Wed, Apr 9, 2014

The Pikes Peak Association of Realtors typically posts a report on its website at the beginning of each month that shows home sales, prices and other...

Texas retailers riding into Colorado Springs
By: Rich Laden 0 Thu, Mar 13, 2014

Texans have been regular visitors to Colorado Springs, the state’s ski resorts and other tourist attractions for decades. Other Lone Star state...

Retail closings: RadioShack, Staples and maybe more?
By: Rich Laden 0 Fri, Mar 7, 2014

It’s been a week in which national retailers made news — sometimes for the wrong reasons. RadioShack said it would close up to 1,100...

Denver's Brown Palace hotel has a new owner
By: Rich Laden 0 Wed, Mar 5, 2014

As historic hotels go, the Brown Palace is to Denver what The Broadmoor is to Colorado Springs — a high-end, signature property that’s...

Radio Shack to close up to 1,100 stores nationwide
By: Rich Laden 0 Tue, Mar 4, 2014

Radio Shack will close up to 1,100 underperforming stores nationwide, the electronics chain said Tuesday in reporting its fourth quarter financial...

City for Champions has potential, architect for national firm says
By: Rich Laden 0 Wed, Feb 26, 2014

What do outsiders think of Colorado Springs’ City for Champions tourism proposal? Kristopher Takacs, an architect and urban designer in the New York...

Outdoor amphitheater linking Bourbon Brothers restaurants set to open June 15
By: Rich Laden 0 Tue, Feb 25, 2014

The developers of the Bourbon Brothers restaurants on Colorado Springs’ far north side are targeting June 15 for completion of what they’re calling the...

Two City for Champions' advocates receive kudos
By: Rich Laden 0 Wed, Feb 19, 2014

City for Champions remains a dream in the eyes of its organizers and backers, yet two people leading the charge on the $250.6 million tourism initiative...

Colorado Springs home prices on the rise, national report shows
By: Rich Laden 0 Thu, Feb 13, 2014

Statistics from the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors have shown that Colorado Springs-area home prices have been on the rise over the last several...

Plans shaping up for more restaurants at Copper Ridge in Colorado Springs
By: Rich Laden 0 Tue, Feb 11, 2014

More restaurants are coming to Copper Ridge at Northgate, the Bass Pro Shops-anchored retail complex on Colorado Springs’ far north side,...

RadioShack poised to close 500 stores nationwide, Wall Street Journal says
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, Feb 10, 2014

The Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter,” reported last week that RadioShack is planning to close about 500 of its 4,300 stores...

Demand for apartments to continue for the next few years, experts say
By: Rich Laden 0 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...

Trader Joe's opening Feb. 14 in Denver and Boulder
By: Rich Laden 0 Fri, Feb 7, 2014

There are more than 400 Trader Joe’s locations in 37 states – but still no Trader Joe’s in the Pikes Peak region. Now, however, local fans of the...

ERA Shields Real Estate of Colorado Springs a finalist for national ERA awards
By: Rich Laden 0 Thu, Feb 6, 2014

ERA Shields Real Estate, a Colorado Springs residential brokerage, is a finalist for ERA Real Estate’s 2013 Gene Francis Memorial Award as top-all...

15 office buildings in Colorado Springs sell for $134 million
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, Dec 16, 2013

  As The Gazette reported last week, Patriot Equities of suburban Philadelphia purchased 15 Class A, or top-of-the-line, office buildings in...

Jerry Rutledge isn't going anywhere
By: Rich Laden 0 Fri, Dec 13, 2013

  Jerry Rutledge, whose Rutledge’s men’s clothing store has been a downtown Colorado Springs mainstay for 47 years, isn’t selling his store. Not...

Willie Robertson a down-to-earth guy
By: Rich Laden 0 Thu, Nov 21, 2013

  The big star at Wednesday’s opening of the Bass Pro Shops in Colorado Springs was, without a doubt, Willie Robertson of the Duck Dynasty...

Fewer homebuilders offering incentives
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, Nov 11, 2013

As the economy has improved, fewer homebuilders are offering incentives, according to the National Association of Home Builders, the Washington,...

Convenience stores continue to pop up around the Colorado Springs area
By: Rich Laden 0 Mon, Nov 11, 2013

A September 2012 story in The Gazette’s business section took note of the growing numbers of convenience stores around the Pikes Peak region. Why?...

Texas real estate company buys office building near Citadel mall in Colorado Springs
By: Rich Laden 0 Thu, Nov 7, 2013

Citadel Terrace, a prominent office building near The Citadel mall in Colorado Springs that fell into foreclosure last year, has been acquired by a...

Annual economic/real estate forecast breakfast scheduled for Jan. 30
By: Rich Laden 0 Thu, Nov 7, 2013

Economic forecasts are a right of passage as one year ends and a new one begins. To that end, the Southern Colorado chapter of the Institute of Real...

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