A new year, a new look

More businesses could be coming in 2007

By Christmas 2007, Craig could have a new look and feel with several buildings and businesses springing up around town as a minor building boom gets underway.

Here's a look at possible new businesses:

Fastenal

Already under construction across from Victory Motors on First Street is a business named Fastenal, relocating to Craig from Steamboat Springs.

Building owner John Raftopoulos began construction in the fall, and work continues through the winter.

The store carries fasteners of every kind, shape and size, Raftopouloos said, along with other construction equipment.

Welding, hydraulic, metal working and electrical supplies will cater to industrial workers at the mines and in the oil fields, while janitorial supplies, paints and chemicals should bring in all types of shoppers.

"Fastenal has 2,000 stores across the United States," Raftopoulos said. "I think it will be good for the town."

He hopes for a Feb. 1 opening, but said the business will definitely be operational by March.

Abbey Carpet

The east entry to Craig will see some changes in 2007 as the former Cork & Bottle liquor store will be demolished soon after the new year to make way for an expanded Abbey Carpet.

Community development director Dave Costa is excited about changes the business has requested.

"Abbey Carpet has worked with the city and they are already using the proposed new land use code," he said. "Their plans went 218 percent over the required minimums for planting and landscaping."

Owners Dennis and Debbie Braia hope to begin work on the project as soon as the ground thaws in the spring.

Plans call for a 5,000-square-foot expansion of the business.

"We definitely want this thing done this year," Dennis Braia said.

Wal-Mart

Retail giant Wal-Mart cleared the last hurdle to becoming a reality in Craig when the City Council approved the off-street parking and landscaping plan in August.

The 100,000-square-foot Supercenter will likely begin construction in the spring or perhaps sooner. The property on West Victory Way has been purchased and the store has plans to open in the fall of 2007.

Kum & Go

While the north Kum & Go store on Yampa Avenue has already received approval for a proposed expansion, Costa said all three of the Kum & Go stores in Craig might be raised and rebuilt in the near future.

In November, the City Council approved plans to double the size of the north store, as well as to replace the fuel storage tanks

The north and west store locations are currently checking into the expansion of their businesses.

Walgreens

Walgreens is proposing a commercial development on West Victory Way between Green and Stout streets.

The company, based in Tulsa, Okla., has been inquiring about property for a 14,000 square foot retail store, and Costa has met with engineers working on the project.

Possibilities

  • Best Western Deer Park Inn owners Frank and Kerry Moe have proposed a new motel to be built in the Pine Ridge area off Colorado Highway 13. The property has been purchased and the city is waiting on a state highway traffic study before proceeding.
  • A retail development that includes 8,400 square feet of retail space on lot No. 2 of Green Street is being considered.
  • A planned town-home development in the Pine Ridge area has advanced little since initial proposals were received last year.
  • A planned four-plex movie theater has seen no formal application presented to the city at this time.

With a number of projects pressing forward, and some seemingly stalled for the winter, Costa is optimistic about buildings improving the town in the approaching new year.

"I think we'll see 2007 pretty active, as far as commercial development goes," he said.

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