Aspen City Market plans another closure
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
ASPEN – Aspen’s City Market grocery store is facing another closure related to its extensive renovation project.
The supermarket chain’s spokeswoman, Kelli McGannon, said the Aspen store on East Cooper Avenue will likely close for nine days from Easter Sunday, April 24, through Monday, May 2, to install new shelves. All of the grocery’s items will have to be removed, along with the current shelving, and then put back into the store after the new shelves are installed.
To accommodate the project, the store was closed for more than two weeks during the fall, from Oct. 28 to Nov. 14. The remodeling project started last spring and is scheduled to be finished by June 15.
“It is indeed true that we are planning to close the store from April 24 to May 2,” McGannon said. “With any construction project, everything is tentative and based on construction schedules and so anything is subject to change.”
She stressed that the store will definitely be open during the week before Easter, a typically busy period for supermarkets.
McGannon also acknowledged that the massive project has been frustrating for many customers. They have had to deal with tight aisles, a smaller parking area, product location changes, a narrow entryway and other inconveniences.
Last month, the store received a state permit to remove asbestos from its ceiling. That work was performed at night, when the supermarket was unoccupied, and did not affect daytime operating hours. City of Aspen officials gave their permission to allow the night work, which fell outside of allowed construction hours.
“Anytime you go through a remodel it’s certainly never easy,” McGannon said. “We know that our customers have a choice in where they shop. We work hard every day to earn their business and giving them a great shopping environment at the end of this is really what we have in mind.”
That environment will include a full-service bakery, full-service delicatessen, an expanded meat and seafood area, fresh decor, new equipment and wider aisles. McGannon said that in addition to making aesthetic and service improvements, the project seeks to better utilize the supermarket’s space “to make the store more shoppable.”
She estimated that the project is a little more than 50 percent complete.
“Barring any major setbacks, we’re optimistic that the worst is behind us,” McGannon said. “Weather and unforeseen circumstances have certainly bent but not broken our will to bring Aspen a new modern supermarket.”
McGannon pointed out that it’s not easy to remodel a store like the one in Aspen.
“The store in Aspen is as unique to the town of Aspen as Aspen is unique,” McGannon said. “It was a challenge, but we made a conscious decision that we owed it to our loyal customers to keep the store open even though we were doing a remodel to this extent.”
Linda Hernandez, who was shopping at City Market on Saturday afternoon before heading back to her home near Glenwood Springs, said the upcoming closure would only be a mild inconvenience since she typically does most of her grocery shopping downvalley.
The housekeeper said she likes to stop into the Aspen store every week or so, after work and before heading home, because it’s conveniently located near the Rubey Park bus depot.
“They have to do what they have to do and it’s fine as long as it doesn’t mean their prices will go up,” Hernandez said. “It’s already expensive to shop for groceries in Aspen.”
Local shopping options during the upcoming temporary closure of City Market include Clark’s Market, across from the post office off Puppy Smith Road, and Roxy’s Market, located outside of the city limits in the Airport Business Center off Highway 82.
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