Markets shuffle in Vail |

Markets shuffle in Vail

Shane Macomber/Vail DailyA construction worker wheels away used materials inside the new market coming to Vail. Word is this is the future pizza section.

VAIL – Vail Village won’t have a grocery store April 16, but that void won’t last very long.A new grocer, Crossroads Market, will open in the same space in June. Bob McNichols, developer of One Willow Bridge Road, will open the new market.McNichols plans to run the Crossroads Market until the Crossroads building is demolished. That’s supposed to happen in 2007 – although residents have challenged the new Crossroads development.

Crossroads Market will offer grocery items, dry goods and sundries. It will also offer items from other local vendors such as baked goods, fresh flowers, books, magazines and gifts. A deli and cafe area will feature soups, salads, sandwiches. There will also be a coffee bar.The Crossroads store will help test the market in advance of the upscale market that will open in the One Willow Bridge building in October. That market will have a cafeteria, a grocery, a bakery, a sweet shop, a wine bar and a liquor store.”It provides something the village doesn’t have,” NcNichols said.If the new Solaris project is built, McNichols wants to put a second market in that building that would carry hard goods, sundries and other things that wouldn’t be in the upscale marketplace.’Lost their sense of vision’Tom Clark, who operates Clark’s Market, said his company wanted to focus on places where it has long-term opportunities.”We could have had the opportunity to stay, but it just didn’t make any sense to us,” he said.National chains in the valley such as Wal-Mart are hurting Vail’s identity, Clark said, and there’s a lack of commitment to small businesses in Vail.”The people who run Vail have lost their sense of vision,” he said.There are eight Clark’s Markets, in Colorado and Utah. The Clark’s Market has been in Vail since 1997. Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or, Colorado

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