Market on the Mountain suddenly closes its doors |

Market on the Mountain suddenly closes its doors

Michael Schrantz

— The Market on the Mountain has closed. The space at the corner of Après Ski Way and Village Drive that the longtime deli and grocery occupied is bare and the windows vacant.

The business's lease ran through October, according to Kristi Brown, who owns the building with her husband, Jeff. But Brown said she only found out Monday that Market on the Mountain suddenly had left.

Gary Roney, who purchased the business in 2009 and for 16 years before that worked for previous owners Bill and Kay Stuart at the market, was not able to be reached.

The Stuarts purchased the business in 1993 from Harley Fay, Bill Stuart said, and they changed the name to The Market on the Mountain.

Roney recently sold The Market on the Mountain trade name to Jack McClurg, of SBS Village Market, which is opening a new liquor store and deli across Village Drive in the Highmark Building.

Steamboat lawyer Jason Lacy, who registered the name with its new owner, said he doesn't know whether the planned store will use The Market on the Mountain name or go with something else.

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Either way, there will be no Market on the Mountain opening in the original space.

Brown said they are advertising the 4,400-square-foot commercial space as for rent as a whole or possibly split into separate units.

"There are so few commercial spaces up at the mountain at all," she said.

There could be someone who wants to step in and start a similar market or deli in the location or another business type, Brown said, and she and her husband also are thinking about what they personally might want to do.

History of Village Center grocery stores

The Village Center replaced a vacant lot at the corner of Village Drive and Après Ski Way in December 1976.

According to a supplement in the Steamboat Pilot, the building was designed by Duane Sutton, of Golden, and owned by Williams, Petrie and Charlie Hillard, of Fort Worth, Texas.

The first grocer to occupy part of the building was Feed Bag Grocery I, which was owned by Reg Mitchell.

"Mitchell has a full line of groceries on hand, including a meat department featuring pre-cut packaged meats," the Steamboat Pilot reported Dec. 30, 1976. "Feed Bag includes a delicatessen loaded with domestic and imported cheese items and submarine-type sandwiches."

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I have some history of the Village Center building. Colorado West Real Estate was in the center of the building in the late 1970s,early 1980s. It was the first real estate office at the mountain. Charlie Williams was the broker and I worked for him for a few years along with Gene Cook, Micki McCoy, Fred Bartlett, Saul Grebliunas, Marion Engle, Betty Jo Monfort, John Mitchell and Ray Mcpherson. Sonya Thunig (?) was the office manager. There was a market next door and a restaurant upstairs. The most exciting day was when a loaded dump truck lost its brakes going up Apres Ski Way and rolled backwards into the parking lot ending up in the ditch in front of the building. Luckily nobody was hurt but my old Subaru got some damage where the truck bumped it. Another favorite memory was standing in the parking lot watching helicopters haul chairlift poles for a new chairlift. Don’t remember which one. I loved the 5 years I spent in Steamboat and will be spending a few days there this summer on the way to Utah.

Judy Long

Colorado Springs

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