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Kehler nominated to head U.S. Strategic Command

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President Obama today nominated Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, to head U.S. Strategic Command. Strategic Command, based at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons, missile defenses and space warfare mission.   The four-star general has commanded the Air Force Space Command since 2007,… Continue Reading Kehler nominated to head U.S. Strategic Command

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Imagine you’re planning some last-minute holiday shopping at the mall for video games, chocolates and a golf club. As soon as you pass through the mall’s doors, your phone alerts you: Six stores in the mall carry video games and golf clubs are on sale. How cool is that? But, wait. Your phone also provides… Continue Reading Chapel Hills Mall to market through shoppers’ phones

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Consumers continue cautious behavior

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Consumers continue to behave cautiously when it comes to spending – even on necessities – with more saying they’ve held out for promotions and discounts when shopping for school supplies. A National Retail Federation report indicated 17 percent of families with school-age children said 100 percent of their purchases were influenced by bargains and coupons,… Continue Reading Consumers continue cautious behavior

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Transwest, a Commerce City-based big rig sales and service company, plans to open a $4 million, 39,000-square-foot dealership in Fountain this November. City leaders hope that will get Fountain’s economic wheels rolling again — but more importantly, growth in the trucking industry is a good signal that the economy is recovering. Transwest bought the property… Continue Reading Truck sales, service outfit plans Fountain dealership

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BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is scheduled to open open in a 7,700 square-foot space at the north end of the University Village shopping center Aug. 30. “This is good evidence of our improving local economy,” said Kratt Commercial Properties President Kevin Kratt, who developed the property along with Tom Cone of Olive Real Estate Group… Continue Reading Restaurant-brewery moving into University Village

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Another hurdle for Copper Ridge

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The Colorado Springs City Council gave the Copper Ridge project a green light this spring but the proposed 2.8-milion square foot retail project faces what could be a big roadblock before the El Paso County Commission. Developer Gary Erickson plans to ask the commissioners to grant a sales tax waiver for the project, mostly to… Continue Reading Another hurdle for Copper Ridge

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The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo reported its ticket sales were up 24 percent this year compared to last year. “We saw over 27,000 people attend the rodeo this year,” said Rodeo Board President Rick Powell. “Final revenue numbers aren’t in yet, but attendance wise, this was our best year in the past 25 years.”… Continue Reading Rodeo celebrates best ticket sales in 25 years

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Christian Bros. Automotive, a Houston-based car-repair business, hopes to open two locations in the Colorado Springs area within the next year. And if its owners’ prayers are answered, its registers will be filled with the dollars of customers who believe in Jesus. The idea is to draw people who want the peace of mind of… Continue Reading Repair chain puts faith under the hood

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Toyota’s worldwide recall has spawned tales of disaster and panic, causing a public relations nightmare for the company. But just how much damage has been done depends on whom you ask. When the news broke a few months ago that Toyota Prius’ and Camrys were accelerating out of control, killing drivers, it drove Toyota owners… Continue Reading Toyota trying to drive sales against wave of bad publicity

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The owner of a prime piece of retail space at the corner of Tejon Street and Platte Avenue is planning to split the 6,400-square-foot bi-level space into two units in hopes of drawing from a larger pool of potential tenants. Julie Phillips at Fountain Colony Co., the leasing agent for Acacia LLC, said the site… Continue Reading Building owner will split former ListenUp space into two units

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