“Craig fits our footprint. We know it’s common for people in small towns to have to drive 45 minutes or longer to get to name brands like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and The North Face. We’re looking forward to servicing the community and supporting your local teams.”
— Joy McCord, vice-president of marketing for Hibbett Sports, on why the Birmingham, Ala.-based company is opening a location in Craig
Elected leaders in Craig and Moffat County maintained a positive outlook throughout 2011 concerning the local economy, and a new commercial development slated for the west end of town may be their reward for the optimism.
Dave Costa, Craig building inspector and director of community development, said the city’ planning and zoning commission has approved a new commercial development near Walmart.
A site package submitted by Stephen Tebo of Boulder-based Tebo Development outlines plans for a retail building on Lot 6 on the east side of the Walmart subdivision at 1830 W. Victory Way.
The building, named the Tebo Center, will encompass 10,477 square feet, and will be divided into three stores, Tebo said.
One of the stores will be 5,000 square feet of retail space leased to Maurices, a women’s clothing store, and a second encompasses 4,000 square feet for Hibbett Sports, a Birmingham, Ala.-based company.
The remaining 1,477 square feet is available for rent.
“We just like that the Super Walmart is there,” Tebo said. “We think it will attract a lot of business because of that and we assume it will because we have built developments near Walmarts in the past.”
A future tenant in the development is primed for the new business opportunity.
“Craig fits our footprint,” said Joy McCord, vice-president of marketing for Hibbett Sports. “We know it’s common for people in small towns to have to drive 45 minutes or longer to get to name brands like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and The North Face.
“We’re looking forward to servicing the community and supporting your local teams.”
Before construction can begin, the Craig City Council must approve the site package.
Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said the project will be on the council’s consent agenda Jan. 10, when council members reconvene for the first time in the new year.
After the project has been approved by the city council, Costa said all he needs are construction drawings, which he expects to receive in the next few weeks, to begin the building permit process.
Tebo said the plan is to begin construction as soon as the building permits are pulled and have the development open for business sometime in May.
Costa believes it’s a lofty, but achievable goal.
“We started the Taco Bell back in November 1994 and built it in the middle of dead winter,” Costa said. “You can tent and induce heat and still build in winter conditions in Craig, Colo. — it’s just a little more costly and a little more labor intensive.”
According to a mock up submitted to the city, the front and portions of the sides of the building will be constructed of split-faced block of light and dark tones.
The building will also feature pilasters, which are columns commonly used to separate large store-front windows or to distinguish one retail space from its neighbor, Costa said.
Tebo Development has also proposed a teal, fabric awning for the Maurices’ location and pre-finished red and green metal awnings for the two other spaces.
The new development will be accompanied by 53 new parking spaces and more than 13,500 square feet of landscaping, including 19 trees, 29 shrubs, rocks, mulch and sod.
“I think it’s going to be a good-looking building because of the various contrasts in colors along the building’s frontage,” Costa said.
According to the city’s permit records, Tebo Center is the first commercial development in Craig since the city issued in March 2010 foundation permits for offices at 415 Green St., which are occupied by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the U.S. Department of Labor.
“It’s good to see a little resurgence in commercial development,” Craig Mayor Terry Carwile said. “Now we need to see a little up-tick in residential development.”
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