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  Every 20 or 30 years, Grand Junction’s shoppers get a gift — retail
  expansion as a by-product of an energy boom.                                                                                           MANUFACTURING Ass
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  Last week, with its repeal of the growth-smothering development limits that
  have blanketed the 24 Road corridor since 2000, the Grand Junction City                                                                  EDUCATION Cornerst
  Council ensured that the latest boom, however long it lasts, will leave an                                                               Christian School is see
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  even larger retail legacy than its predecessors.
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  The council opened the door to large-scale big-box store development,                                                                   Paving and Sealcoat/Cra
  which is really the only kind of retail development that counts with large                                                              Crews needed imme....(
  numbers of consumers, along 24 Road between Interstate 70 and Mesa
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  Bring on the big boxes!
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  In Grand Junction, spurts of retail development have gone hand-in-hand with energy booms for decades. The uranium boom of the           ENTERPRISES, IN....(m
  1950s and early 1960s brought the development of the Teller Arms Shopping Center at what was then the eastern edge of
  civilization on North Avenue. Local shoppers loved the addition of Tempo and Hested’s department stores to the local retail lineup.    CORRECTIONS Mesa C
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  The uranium boom proved to have a half-life much shorter than the mineral itself, and the local economy simmered until Arab oil                                                         6/11/2006
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  embargos and the resulting gasoline shortages of the 1970s prompted the federal government to jump into synthetic fuel subsidies.       FINISH CARPENTER To
  Washington D.C.’s promotion of unproven technologies to produce oil from shale in western Colorado generated the next boom,              homes in Mesa, Montros
  whose crowning retail achievement was the development of Mesa Mall.                                                                        Grand Counties. ....(mo

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  The mall attracted wonderful retail anchors, the likes of which Grand Junction residents had seen before only in Denver and             WANTED! 13 year estab
  beyond. Target was a welcome addition for local shoppers, and LaBelle’s, a forerunner to today’s warehouse big-box retailers,          mortgage company. Most a
  occupied the site where Sutherland’s lumber yard is today.                                                                                         (more)

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  Alas, the shale bust of 1982 and the resulting economic depression that hit the Grand Valley took down many of the new retailers,      needed for service truck/sh
  and some of the older ones, as well, that had opened at the mall. Local shoppers, again finding themselves in the throes of an              be self motiva....(mor
  economic bust and without much disposable income, hunkered down as they had to do after each boom of the past.
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  Then came natural gas. As the number of drill rigs and gas wells multiplied across the sagebrush flats of western Colorado, big box        experienced w....(mo
  retailers rushed to Grand Junction. The U.S. 6 & 50 West corridor, once the home of a few stockyards, gasoline stations and a lot
  of empty ground, rapidly became the retail hub of not only Grand Junction, but of the Western Slope. People come from 100 miles         SALES/MERCHANDISIN
  in every direction to shop at the likes of Old Navy, Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and other prominent national retailers that          Pepsi Bottling Group of G
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  have rolled the dice on Grand Junction.
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  The opening of 24 Road to massive big-box development will continue the latest retail boom. The Colorado Department of                 practice needs a part-time
  Transportation is putting the finishing touches on a rebuilt interchange at 24 Road and I-70 that will accommodate significantly              Medical Assi....(more
  more traffic than the old design. Shoppers arriving via I-70 from the east and west will find 24 Road their most convenient retail
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  destination, and shoppers from the south will have relatively easy access to the corridor by way of the Riverside Parkway when         needed. Will train. Full-time
  that road is complete.                                                                                                                          work.....(more)

  Forget the hand-wringing over big-box retail’s supposedly devastating impact on local merchants. In many cities, big-box                  Colorado West Psychi
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  expansion actually has created more opportunities for smart local business owners. The potential exists for the same kind of effect        Positions Availab....(m
  in the Grand Valley; so far this year, Grand Junction’s retail sales tax collections have shot up 15 percent from the same time last
  year. It’s clear that local and regional shoppers are ready to spend.                                                                   OIL/GAS Beck Oil Field
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  The 24 Road stage is set for Grand Junction’s next retail boom. Local consumers get these types of opportunities only once or
  twice a generation. Enjoy it while it lasts.                                                                                            CRMINAL JUSTICE CRIM
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  Bob Kretschman can be reached via e-mail at                                                                       County Criminal Justic....

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