Clark’s Market to replace City Market in Battlement Mesa
July 23, 2009
PARACHUTE. Colo. – Clark’s Market will begin renovations at the building where City Market used to operate in Battlement Mesa on Aug. 1.
Rand Mickelson, who is handling media relations for Clark’s Market while its owners are out of town, said Thursday that City Market has started moving out of the building but does not technically have to be out until July 31, when its lease expires.
No specific opening date for Clark’s Market was given.
Owner Tom Clark said in a press release his company did not know about the opportunity for very long, but that they were excited to be a part of the community.
“We are doing all we can to get the store up and running efficiently, as soon as possible,” said Clark, who began the family supermarket chain with the Clark’s Market in Aspen. “We appreciate the patience of the community while we quickly make the transition.”
The Battlement Mesa Co. announced earlier in the week that it would offer residents of both Battlement Mesa and the town of Parachute a free grocery shuttle service to the Rifle Wal-Mart in the meantime, while Clark’s Market prepares to open later in August. The shuttle was announced to begin Aug. 3. However, the shuttle service is already being offered to residents, and runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Two shuttle vans are available and will pick up riders at Town Plaza every hour on the hour and return to the same location every hour on the half-hour.
It was announced earlier in July that the Battlement Mesa Co. was unable to negotiate an agreeable new lease with City Market, which has leased the location since 1983.
The company agreed to lease the location to Clark’s Market. Clark said the new store will offer enhanced options in many areas, including expanded meat, deli, bakery and seafood departments. There will also be a full-service pharmacy.
“In our previous store, many of these benefits were not available,” he said. “We are confident the store in Battlement Mesa will match up with the community’s needs and with the values they deserve.”
Plans to hire previously employed City Market employees who are interested in working at the new market are scheduled to happen as soon as possible, Clark said.
Clark’s now has stores in Aspen, Basalt, Crested Butte, Norwood, Telluride and Blanding, Utah.