Craig's Centennial Mall sees positive changes

Atmos Energy Corporation names new president for Colorado-Kansas division

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Centennial Mall is revamping.

An ongoing process, property manager Eric Tegl said the mall has seen improvements over the past several months including about $150,000 spent on new signage, landscaping, parking lot improvements and painting.

Tegl, who said he has been working on getting the property cleaned up and vacancies filled, said progress is being made.

“I heard when I went through the community that most locals thought the mall was dead and empty. So I thought it was important to point out that the mall has added new tenants, and renewed long term leases with existing ones,” Tegl said in an email. “I want to let the community know that things are different there, there’s a new direction, a lot of money has been invested to upgrade.”

Big O Tires, which is under new ownership as of Tuesday, has kept its location at the mall and new partial owner, Travis Wondra, said he has seen good things in its first week.

“We’ve had a very successful week, a lot of positive things. We’ve got good guys hired and good things on the horizon,” Wondra said.

Wondra kept the two employees who worked for the previous owner and has hired four more. He plans on hiring three or four more employees.

Wondra said they decided to stay at their location at the mall because of its ease and convenience, and willingness to work with them. He said he hopes they will be remodeling soon.

Since December, the mall has added seven new tenants: Fastenal, Moffat County Tourism, M&D Gift Shop, Herbert Photography, Zumba Fitness, Aaron Rent, opening within the next couple months and Edge Custom Shop, opening in the next month or so.

Tegl said he considers the mall stable now with 25 business, and said he is very open and flexible on rents/terms for the remaining vacant units. Tegl also said he is willing to offer incentives for relocation and new startup business, and short term and seasonal rentals.

For more information on mall updates, visit their website at www.centennialmall.com

Atmos Energy names new Colorado-Kansas division president

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Atmos Energy Corporation

Gary Gregory

Atmos Energy Corporation has appointed Gary W. Gregory as the Colorado-Kansas Division President, effective October 1.

Gregory will be replacing current president, Gary L. Schlessman.

Gregory returns to the division where he previously served as vice president of technical services from July 2000- July 2004. He is currently the president of Atmos Energy’s West Texas Division in Lubbock, Texas.

“My family and I are excited to be returning to Colorado and to enjoying the great lifestyle that Colorado offers to its residents,” Gregory said in a news release.

Gregory has worked for Atmos since 1995, previous to that he held various engineering and operations positions at Entex in Houston. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston.

Current president Schlessman, said in the release that he plans to retire.

“Now, I am looking forward to spending time enjoying my grandkids, doing some fishing and hunting and continuing my involvement with the Schlesssman Foundations.”

According to its release, Atmos Energy Corporation is one of the country’s largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving about 3 million customers in over 1,400 communities in nine states. Atmos provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to its customers.

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