Former auto dealer has big art plans for Broadmoor

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John Marzolf, a former Colorado auto dealer, has purchased the Hayden-Hays Gallery at The Broadmoor. He also plans to open a second gallery at the resort during March.

John Marzolf, a former Colorado auto dealer, has purchased the Hayden-Hays Gallery at The Broadmoor. He also plans to open a second gallery at the resort during March.

Private art collector and former Colorado automobile dealer John Marzolf has purchased The Hayden-Hays Gallery at The Broadmoor.

Marzolf, who has owned the renowned Biltmore Galleries in Scottsdale, Ariz. since 2006, also plans to open a second art gallery at The Broadmoor, with the second gallery centered on a Western and wildlife theme.

Marzolf purchased Hayden-Hays from founders Elizabeth Kane, Norma Lee Quinlan and Kris Faricy, who opened it in 1979.

After selling his Colorado auto dealerships four years ago, Marzolf retired but soon grew bored. As a collector with a passion for Western-themed works, he purchased the Biltmore Galleries, known for its Western themed works by 19th and 20th Century artists, and began operating it along with its former owner Steven Rose.

During March, he’ll open the Hayden-Hays Western and Wildlife Gallery, which will feature contemporary works from living artists.

Grand openings are scheduled for this Spring. Visit haydenhaysgallery.com for more information.

Retail container traffic signals economic upturn

In a dramatic turnaround compared to the past two years, import cargo volume at the nation’s retail container ports will be 25 percent higher during the first half of 2010 than it was during the first six months of 2009.

According to the Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, U.S. ports handled 1.09 million 20-foot Equivalent Units in December, the latest month for which actual numbers are available.

That number was unchanged from November but was up 2.6 percent compared to December 2008 and broke a 28-month streak during which monthly totals were lower than the same month the year before.

January’s cargo traffic was estimated to be 17 percent busier than January 2009, and in February, cargo traffic is expected to jump 30 percent compared to February 2009.

The figures contradict economists’ claims that the economy is in the midst of a W-shaped recovery, which another decline could follow current signs of an upturn.

Online spending jump

Internet researcher ComScore Inc. reported this week that online U.S. retail spending jumped during the fourth quarter, helping narrow the 2009 decline.

Total retail e-commerce spending grew 3 percent during the fourth quarter to $39.05 billion, ending a streak of four consecutive quarterly declines. For the year, sales inched down 0.2 percent to $129.8 billion.

The results match earlier data that reported an increase in online holiday spending as retailers took major steps, including using social media marketing, to make the Internet a prime shopping destination.

ComScore Chairman Gian Fulgoni said there was reason for some optimism for online retail spending to continue to gain a share of consumers’ wallets, but warned growth would be beset by high unemployment and a consumer shift toward saving.

Scott Prater covers retail for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.