RJ Promotions to open ‘Event Center at Rustic Hills’

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The former Longs Drugs in Rustic Hills has been leased by Missouri-based RJ Promotions.

The facility will be named the Event Center at Rustic Hills. Located at the corner of Academy and Palmer Park boulevards, the building has almost 45,000 square feet of exhibitor space and more than 2,000 parking spaces.

Since the Phil Long Expo Center was sold, RJ Promotions has been looking for a place to host its own shows, including the Home and Landscaping Show, the RV, Boat and Outdoor Show, and the Fall Home Show, said Kevin Hummer, CEO of RJ Promotions.

Hummer has been working with local contractors and hopes to finalize plans Friday for the remodel, at 3960 Palmer Park Blvd.

The facility should be ready in time for the opening of the Prospectors Sertoma Gun Show on February 12-13. RJ Promotions’ first shows will be held in March, the Home and Landscaping Show on March 4 to 6 and the Colorado Springs RV, Boat and Outdoor Show on March 25 to 27.

“We’re on the right track,” Hummer said. “We have 22 weekends already spoken for.”

Hummer is pleased with the central location of the Event Center. And the “biggest plus” is the parking. That’s far more than was available at the Phil Long center, which opened in 2003 and was closed at the end of last year.