Aspen City Market to be gutted and remodeled
ASPEN – City Market is planning a major remodel in its Aspen grocery store, and when it’s completed next year, expect it to be a bit more upscale.Picture gold and brown hues in its interior, as well as a gourmet cheese section, specialty meat and seafood, a deli and fresh sushi made in house.The store will remain open during the remodel, according to Trail Dougherty, a spokesman for parent company King Soopers.”Our approach is to [stay open] and accommodate customers the best we can,” he said. “It’s faster to close the store down, but that’s not what we are choosing to do.”The store’s layout will likely be changed dramatically since designers have little space to work with and have to fit a lot in a small area.”We’ll tear it out and start from scratch,” Dougherty said. “It will allow us to step back and recreate the store.”He added that even though the new store will be high-end, it will still cater to locals.”It’s for a higher level of clientele, but we’ll continue to meet the needs of the customers,” he said. “Everything will be on a smaller scale, and we’ll make efficient use of space to accommodate the new sections.”The exterior of City Market, at 711 E. Cooper Ave., also will get a facelift. The Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission last week gave conceptual approval for the facade changes with conditions.It requires approval from the Aspen City Council because City Market is located in what’s known as a “commercial character area,” which mandates that certain design guidelines be adhered to.The cement brick-and-stone building will be replaced with a new metal roof, new siding comprised of brick- and-concrete block veneer, as well as windows to the primary facade facing the parking lot and Cooper Avenue.Merchandising outside of the store – phone booths, shopping cart storage, propane tanks, newspaper stands, trash cans, mail boxes and a soft drink vending machine – will likely be made more attractive and functional.Pedestrian safety also will be improved in the parking lot and near the entry, and bollards may be installed.Overall, the city’s community development staff is supportive of the proposal and say it will be an improvement over what exists.”The addition of windows contributes to the streetscape and visual interest, particularly if the windows contain well-organized displays or artwork that identify this as a market,” wrote Jennifer Phelan, deputy community development director, in a memo to the P&Z. “On the entry facade, more gracious entry doors are proposed, which is an improvement. A cantilevered roof element will protect people coming in and out from the elements.”Dougherty said once the approvals are granted by the city, work will begin.”Our hope is to be done by the end of 2011,” he email@example.com
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