Eve Bevill: Add a grocery store

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The downtown congestion and air quality could greatly be improved if Steamboat would decide to put a Safeway or a City Market on the west end of town.

Soon, the TIC lot will be available (I am guessing), and it would be the perfect spot for a grocery store, but it needs to be a Safeway or a City Market, not some off-the-wall chain store.

Let’s get this going. It sure would help those of us who live west of town, up Elk River, etc.

Eve Bevill

Steamboat Springs

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Mark Ruckman 1 year, 3 months ago

If Safeway, City Market or any other chain thought there was an upside to being on the west side of town they would put a store there. The city of Steamboat can't just decide there should be a West Side store.

Maybe Natural Grocers would be interested in a West side store.

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JJ Southard 1 year, 3 months ago

There used to be a grocery store where ACE is... It's now ACE for a good reason.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 3 months ago

As someone who lives well west of town, I sympathize. However,

"...if Steamboat would decide..."

Fortunately, it doesn't work that way. It's up to an entrepreneur to risk his own funds (not the city's) to exploit that demand, if there is any.

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David Moore 1 year, 3 months ago

I think either Safeway or City Market should move to the west side. Having two large grocery stores that close to each other on one side of town is sort of counterproductive. A small independent store did not work once and probably won't again. Having two of one of the larger stores, either SW or CM, in the same small town probably would not work either. Spread them out a bit, seems like the most logical solution, however that will be up to the individual store, not the citizens.

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Cresean Sterne 1 year, 3 months ago

Agreed.. Eve makes a valid point..The store that tried to make it there was the Curve.. It was a very expensive specialty store like wholefoods that struggled on that end of town..This was whan True value closed its doors and Ace hardware moved into where the Curve was.. Personaly I had never heard of a Curve untill it was put there which probably didnt help them. Steamboats traffic was much less congested then which also didnt help buisness's prosper on that end of town. Now that traffic has dramatically increased with more people driving from Hayden and Craig every day, a small store like a select super makes more and more sense. If you are driving from silverspur or the deuce like Eve does, it could take a person a 1/2 hour each way if traffic is busy. (in comparison it takes a 1/2 hour from Oak Creek to get to the store in Stmbt.) I still dont understand why we allowed a natural grocery store downtown which is extremely small and way over priced. A real Whole foods would have done much better and the store offers alot more to the public. It would have been nice to see safeway move out west of town and a whole foods where safeway but I doubt something that actualy makes sense will actualy happen. This reminds me of a conversation I had a while back about toyota..It has always seemed strange to me that there is no toyota dealer in town when almost every other vehicle in town is a toyota. But if you look around at most the mountain towns you will not find one there..STRANGE... MAYBE ITS A CONSPIRACY..LOL

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John St Pierre 1 year, 3 months ago

Grocery store????? the TIC complex woul dbe the perfect police and fire complex.....and future town hall as that will probably be a topic coming down the pike soon also.......

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Matthew Newman 1 year, 3 months ago

I think Walmart, City Market, Napa and one of the lumber yards should move to Phippsburg. Throw in a restaurant or two. This move would save all us South Routt residents a ton of time, gas and we would be able to avoid Steamboat traffic. That said, I understand these companies hire economists who do extensive studies involving a variety of factors to decide where to locate a store. Well maybe not NAPA. So I guess we'll just have to keep driving to Steamboat and keep all that traffic where it is. Which is fine by me.

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john bailey 1 year, 3 months ago

amen, Matthew. imagine the horror of driving across town? ~;0)

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John Fielding 1 year, 3 months ago

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It seems some people think the city government should make decisions about particular business locations. ("I still dont understand why we allowed a natural grocery store downtown which is extremely small and way over priced.")

Other than general zoning, to keep entirely incompatible activities separate, City has no business making such decisions. That is at the heart of the American system of free enterprise. As it is there are many obstacles to starting a business here, some designed to create a boutique town (no real estate offices, only retail on part of Lincoln Ave), others seemingly designed to protect existing businesses by making it hard for newbies.

Try reading the community development code, you will be amazed at the complexity and the degree to which micromanagement is present (only approved types of plants in landscaping on sections of Lincoln). And we add more regulations all the time, rarely remove any, and often do not enforce the ones we have unless a complaint is made.

I believe we should only have laws we are willing to enforce strictly and universally.

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Cresean Sterne 1 year, 3 months ago

Look at Walmart..That was a huge issue with the city and the community when it was proposed. It also hurt many small business's and forced some to shut there doors after it came in. I belive in free enterprise but have to also consider whether it fits the niche of the town and community..A small boutique or storefront downtown is one thing and would most likely fit into the lifestyle of Stmbt without takeing away other aspects..A large store or franchise should always be evaluated for consideration through the city as well as the community before it is allowed. There are many tourist towns that do not allow franchises for a reason. This also gives these towns some unique character you otherwise cannot find anymore.

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Mark Ruckman 1 year, 3 months ago

I have figured out a win / win. We will close City Market, Safeway, Natural Grocers, WalMart, Ace and NAPA. The City of Steamboat will knock down the downtown fire station, turn Yampa St into a parking garage and then build a MEGA store owned and operated by the city.

This solution will ensure no one will have an issue with any of the above mentioned stores, no one will be upset that the city didn't do something, we finalize what to do with Yampa St and the whole sale of the fire dept building is resolved.

Once in place, every citizen should be 100% happy and worry free, until the city raises the prices in the MEGA store.

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Scott Wedel 1 year, 3 months ago

Mark,

The prices in the MEGAstore would be set by a committee based upon social benefit. So the prices would be high on only what you should not want to buy.

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rhys jones 1 year, 3 months ago

That was Clark's Market, in Curve Plaza, which went belly-up years ago, and I don't know if the issue was that they were WAY overpriced, or the traffic just didn't justify the location.

How quickly we get spoiled. Just be glad you don't live in a big city, where you're fifteen miles from anything.

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Cresean Sterne 1 year, 3 months ago

You are right rhys. It was clarks market at curve plaza..Not sure why I thought it was the curve.. We had gone in there a few times to find it very quiet and a bit expensive but I had always thought it was a great location for a grocery store..If Steamboat continues to grow at the pace its on, I bet store will eventualy pop up on that side of town.

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walt jones 1 year, 3 months ago

Creaean, Clarks Market was not a specialty store it was a small branded store, Western Family, just like the Merc in Hayden. Yes though it was overpriced.

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Cresean Sterne 1 year, 3 months ago

I did not realize that..I had never heard of the name before when it opened so I thought it was a specialty store like sprouts..Although it didnt last long it was not a bad idea..Maybe something like whats here in OC would work ok now. Steamboat is growing pretty rapidly so I bet someone will do something on that end of town in the near future.

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