Roxy’s Market to expand and bring back cafe
The Aspen Times
Between Clark’s Market’s multimillion-dollar renovation and Roxy’s Market’s expansion and future cafe, many changes to Aspen’s local grocery shops will be unveiled this summer.
While Clark’s Market closed for its remodel in late March, that renovation has been underway at Roxy’s Market for about a month, said Roxy’s assistant manager Courtney Lawler.
Roxy’s Market plans to expand its deli and meat department with a fresh, full-service meat-and-seafood counter, double its produce department by knocking down its first shopping aisle and add a hot-food service with the rebirth of its Roxy’s Cafe.
Roxy’s Cafe was a full service lunch and dinner service that operated in the back right corner of the market for about a year from spring 2014 until 2015.
Roxy’s Market general manager Rob Richmond said he thinks the expanded market and cafe can fill a niche for hungry locals in and around the Aspen Business Center during their lunch hour.
On an average day around lunchtime, Richmond said the market sees between 50 and 100 customers, many of whom work in the business center.
The Aspen Airport Business Center houses about 300 businesses and 300 residential units, according to http://www.aspenabc.com.
Other regular Roxy’s Market visitors include people who commute throughout the valley for work.
Construction workers coming into and out of town fuel a lot of Roxy’s business, Richmond said, as well as commuters from downvalley who stop to grab something at the market on their way out of town after work.
Kenny Meyer, who owns a garage-door repair shop in Glenwood Springs, said he and his four repairmen stop by the market regularly to pick up lunch.
“I like their selection. They have good stuff here,” Meyer said as he grabbed a $6 sandwich and a bag of potato chips for lunch at the market Tuesday afternoon.
“A market like this can’t go away,” Meyer said. “It’s just convenient being on this end of town.”
The Aspen Business Center is located between downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village, roughly 4 miles from Aspen Mountain and 8 miles from Snowmass.
Another niche that Roxy’s Market hopes to cater to is local demand for all-natural and organic products, Richmond said.
“We try to take it to another level with our inventory,” Richmond said.
He estimated that Roxy’s Market carries more than 6,500 products. Roxy’s also focuses on carrying as many locally sourced products as possible, Lawler said.
Lawler expects Roxy’s renovation and expansion to be complete by Memorial Day weekend. She added that the market would likely close for a day or two toward the end of May as Memorial Day weekend approaches, but said it should otherwise remain open during its regular business hours.
“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” Lawler said. “We’re super-excited.”
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