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Glenwood Meadows opens doors

Bobby Magill
Glenwood Springs correspondent

Maria Torres of Glenwood Springs adds a few finishing touches to fully stocked shelves at Target in Glenwood Meadows. The store, now unofficially open, has its grand opening Sunday. (Kelley Cox/Post Independent)

Music to the ears of Roaring Fork Valley shoppers with a case of Wal-Mart fatigue: Glenwood Meadows is open for business.

Some of it, at least.

Grand openings at the 405,000-square-foot Glenwood Meadows shopping center begin Sunday when Target officially becomes the valley’s third big-box discount retailer and welcomes shoppers through its shiny red doors.

Target Executive Team leader Jill Cheslik said when she tells people she works at Target, some get so excited they nearly cry. Those people won’t have to drive to Grand Junction anymore to buy things unavailable at other discount stores in Glenwood, she said.

Stocked full of iPods, black leather jackets, high-end vacuum cleaners and more milk and frozen goodies than you can shake a smoothie at, the 125,000-square-foot Target store ” bigger than the Target in Grand Junction ” unofficially opened for business Tuesday night.

At 382 acres, with 475 housing units slated to be built nearby, Glenwood Meadows, tucked between Interstate 70 and Red Mountain, mirrors similar developments in larger cities around Colorado.

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Some say Glenwood Meadows portends dramatic change: Glenwood commercial real estate manager and former Glenwood Springs business owner Bill Bullock says the Meadows could spark a retail boom that could echo the way Grand Junction has grown in recent years.

“Once the nationals come, there’s a following that follows them,” he said.

Likewise, Target leads the pack of “big-box” chains gracing the Meadows marquee with names common in suburban Denver and Grand Junction. Most won’t open until November, with a gaggle of smaller stores opening sometime during the first quarter of 2006.

Those smaller stores include Regis Salon, Allure Day Spa, Zheng Pan Asian Bistro, Help-U-Sell Town and Country Real Estate, Smoothie King, Beta Health Dental, Red Mountain Wine and Spirits, and a Verizon Wireless store.

Greg Moran, of Glenwood Meadows property manager Miller Weingarten Realty, which manages the Glenwood Meadows property, said the agency is negotiating deals with businesses slated to open in 2006, including a coffee shop, sandwich shop, bank with a drive-through, women’s clothing store, nail salon, optical shop, florist and a pizza restaurant.

Of the companies planning to open at the Meadows, some are reluctant to divulge many details about their new stores, and many have not set official opening dates.