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Fitness 19 expanding with second Springs location

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A family friendly fitness chain with locations across the country is set to open its second location in Colorado Springs this summer.
Fitness 19 is building a 7,200-square-foot gym at Union Town Center. The other Fitness 19 location is on Stetson Hills Boulevard. Continue Reading Fitness 19 expanding with second Springs location

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Ski shops benefit from record snows

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With some ski resorts reporting snow packs of up to 239 inches, the high country’s record winter precipitation has led to record sales at Colorado Springs equipment shops.
“It’s been a phenomenal season,” said Kevin Kinney, manager at The Ski Shop at 1422 Tejon St. “We’ve had a lot of snow in the high country and we’re actually having a real ski season.” Continue Reading Ski shops benefit from record snows

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Cycle shop owner does more than peddle bikes

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Collin Becker, one of the top mountain bike racers in Colorado, credits a local bike shop owner with his success.
Becker said his professional status, which includes wins at the Colorado State Championship and the Norba National in Big Bear, Calif., as well as a showing at the 2005 World Cup, is largely because of Balanced Rock Bike Shop owner Tim Watkins. Continue Reading Cycle shop owner does more than peddle bikes

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Meet the new boss … same as the old boss

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Maggie Mae’s restaurant, a mainstay of Colorado Springs, has a new owner – but the same management team.
Chuck Graybill, who has managed the diner for nine years, bought the building that houses the restaurant.
“Our lease was up,” he said. “We were going to buy another property, but had some trouble. So, for a lot of reasons, we just made an offer on this building.” Continue Reading Meet the new boss … same as the old boss

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Monument businesses don’t fear retail goliaths

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As construction crews continue plans for Wal-Mart and developers sign leases for other national retail stores and restaurants, Monument Marketplace looms large in the minds of residents and businesses.
Many businesses welcome the new development, which, in addition to the already-open Home Depot, includes a Kohl’s in its future. Chili’s will be the first national restaurant chain to join the development. The company signed a lease for 1.8 acres at the site, and construction has already started. Continue Reading Monument businesses don’t fear retail goliaths

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Foxworth Galbraith set to expand in the Springs

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Reports of the demise of Foxworth Galbraith in El Paso County have been greatly exaggerated.
Instead of leaving the Monument market because of competition from Home Depot, the 105 year old lumber company is scheduled to expand in the Colorado Springs marketplace, said owner Ted Galbraith. Continue Reading Foxworth Galbraith set to expand in the Springs

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Internet sales tax push could threaten e-tailers

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With eBay sales increasing each year – 36 percent last year alone – state governments are seeking to cash in on the e-commerce bonanza.
And e-tailers like Jim Reeder and Steve Plentka of Consider it Sold are going to Washington to take on lawmakers who want to charge a sales tax for each item sold via the Web. Continue Reading Internet sales tax push could threaten e-tailers

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Retail industry expects to experience tough year

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Consumers will spend less in 2006, thanks to a slower housing market and rising energy costs, according to a study from the National Retail Federation.
The nation’s largest retail trade association predicts that industry sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, will increase 4.7 percent from last year. Continue Reading Retail industry expects to experience tough year

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Nevada development fosters cautious optimism

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Some local businesses are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Costco and Lowe’s in a 700,000-square-foot urban redevelopment project, but others are cautious about the effects of the big-box retailers on their businesses.
While the project will bring wider roads, improved access and new retail opportunities, businesses along the North Nevada corridor are mixed in their review of the project, which the city hopes will revitalize a “blighted” area. Continue Reading Nevada development fosters cautious optimism

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Grocers jumping on the organic bandwagon

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Grocery stores and specialty shops are rushing to meet a growing market trend: the demand for organics.
Organic food is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as food produced by farmers who “emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water. Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering or ionizing radiation.” Continue Reading Grocers jumping on the organic bandwagon

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