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Vail: Rucksack, Burton razed for other stores

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyAxel Geittmann, right, and Jake Pedziwiatr, left, peek over a construction fence to see what is being built in place of the old Rucksack, a store that opened on Vail's Bridge Street in 1962, the first year the mountain was open.

VAIL, Colorado ” One of Vail’s original buildings, the Rucksack, has been partially torn down, but it’s unclear what stores will take its place.

The developer, Jeff Selby, demolished the Bridge Street building, which used to hold the Rucksack general store as well as the Burton Store.

There are plans to rebuild one 2,000-square-foot condo and two to three stores on the land, said Scot Hunn, a planner with the town of Vail. The project is expected to be completed at the end of the year, he said.

The new building will be 2-3 feet taller than the previous building in some places, Hunn said. The Joe’s Deli space, which is in the basement of the building, will remain through the redevelopment, he said.

A representative for Selby, a Denver developer, did not return a phone call. Jay Peterson, a Vail lawyer who helped Selby with the approval process, said he didn’t know what stores will go into the retail space. Neither did Hunn.

The Rucksack opened in 1962, during Vail Mountain’s first month, and closed last summer. The building is on Bridge Street, Vail Village’s main pedestrian street.

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