Aspen’s Ute Mountaineer set to move into Amen Wardy space
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Ute Mountaineer, which has done business in Aspen for 30 years, has inked a deal to take over the Amen Wardy Home Store retail space this fall, it was announced Thursday.
A long-term lease was signed this week, said Robert Langley, one of the brokers on the deal.
The move will put the outdoor clothing and equipment business under the roof of one landlord, Ute Mountaineer General Manager Paul Perley said. Currently, the Ute Mountaineer takes up a portion of space in three buildings located in both the Hyman Avenue and South Mill Street malls.
“The three buildings have allowed us to grow, and we find the spaces very interesting, but it does have its limitations: Staffing three separate and isolated areas with three different entrances is difficult,” Perley said in a statement issued to Aspen’s newspapers. “And it’s sometimes hard for our customers to find everything with so many nooks and crannies.”
Relocating to Amen Wardy’s South Galena Street location, in the Elks Building, will give the Ute Mountaineer a prime corner location in downtown Aspen, with first-floor retail in a busy area of town, Langley said. Both spots comprise about 6,000 square feet, with 4,000 square feet of retail space and 2,000 square for storage and office space.
Perley said the opportunity was hard to pass up. Tentative plans are to move in by mid-October, he said.
“This is one of the most beautiful buildings in town, owned by a very generous organization,” he said. “The more we talked with representatives of the Elks, the more we realized we could work with them as landlords and provide a better home for our business.”
Langley called the Elks and Ute Mountaineer alliance a “perfect marriage.”
“This is the last place Ute Mountaineer hopes to be,” he said..
Before Amen Wardy moved into the 210 S. Galena St. location earlier this decade, Hard Rock Cafe had occupied it until November 2000, after opening there in January 1991.
In the meantime, Langley said he is trying to find a new spot for Amen Wardy, an upscale home-furnishing retailer. Amen Wardy will stay in business through the summer until its lease runs out, Langley said.
“They are looking for a new space,” he said, “and there are a lot of vacancies in town.”