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A far cry from the retail giant and commercial thoroughfare it is now, Powers Boulevard was an empty horizon a couple decades ago..

Named for the family of former State Sen. Ray Powers, whose parents, Cora and Guy Powers, once ran a massive dairy operation on 720 acres at the heart of the project, the modern boulevard extends from the southern Black Forest area at the intersection of Interstate 25 and Interquest Parkway to Fountain, where it rejoins the interstate at Mesa Ridge Parkway.

This year saw the opening of many stores in the Powers Pointe shopping center located on Powers at Barnes Road. The shops included a Sprouts Farmers Market, a LongHorn Steakhouse, Zoe's Kitchen and Tokyo Joe's. Sprouts serves as anchor to the Powers Pointe corridor and is the third Sprouts to open in Colorado Springs. LongHorn Steakhouse brings another chophouse to the corridor, competing with Texas Roadhouse and Outback Steakhouse, which are farther south along Powers.

Another large construction milestone near the Powers corridor was the completion of a 124,000-square-foot King Soopers market at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Marksheffel Road.

The store is nearly double the size of a standard King Soopers store in terms of square footage and provides the standard array of groceries as well as household goods, small appliances and general merchandise. The King Soopers will be a boon to those in the Cimarron Hills neighborhood which extends east of Powers toward Marksheffel.

It's not just the northern parts of the corridor that are getting the love. Retail projects are in the works for south Powers as well. Out-of-state real estate companies are bringing a 70-acre project northwest of Powers and Airport Road that will include restaurants and stores.

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