Title Nine to fill longtime empty space next to Terra Verde

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National women’s sportswear retailer Title Nine will move into the longtime vacant downtown retail space next to Terra Verde this spring.

The storefront, at 210 N. Tejon St., has sat empty for more than three years.

The space, along with Terra Verde’s, was once home to the Chinook Book Shop, but when Chinook went out of business in 2004, Terra Verde owner Chris Sondermann and her husband bought the building, turning half of it into Terra Verde and leaving the other half available for two additional retailers.

But no one ever moved into the shiny, new vacant space.

Sondermann said the longtime vacancy was due mostly to an ownership battle that erupted after she and her husband divorced. Sondermann won the ownership rights in June and has been working since July to get one of the two vacant spaces rented.

“I’ve been working with Title Nine for several months to get all the details hammered out to have them move in,” Sondermann said. “They have a very strong spring business so they want to be up and running by March. I’m hoping that with signing on such a good company like this there will be some good momentum to find someone to fill the other spot.”

Title Nine gets its name from the 1972 legislation that called for equal opportunity in sports for women, The company does a fair amount of its business through catalog sales but has 10 retail locations in four states, including two Colorado locations in Boulder and Cherry Creek.