It’s a new Market for Grand Junction

City Market entrance

Customers come and go through the large entrance to the new City Market store in Grand Junction. The 58,000-square-foot building houses such features as a gourmet cheese shop, Starbucks coffee shop and vitamin shop. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

After holding onto property along 24 Road in Grand Junction for nearly a decade, City Market has opened a grocery store in the area.

The City Market at 630 24 Road officially opened Dec. 15, the first new outlet for the grocery store chain in Grand Junction since a store opened at 200 Rood Ave. in 1990.

Kelli McGannon, a spokeswoman for City Market, said the store is expected to draw the majority of its customers from a 3- to 4-mile radius, but also bring in customers from other areas.

The opening of the new City Market on 24 Road coincided with the closure of the Eastgate City Market along North Avenue in Grand Junction. City Market continues to operate other stores on First Street in Grand Junction, 32 Road in Clifton and U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa.

City Market also owns property near the intersection of 12th Street and Patterson in Grand Junction, but hasn’t yet announced a schedule for developing that property.

The new 58,000-square-foot building on 24 Road houses a number of features, McGannon said, including a gourmet cheese shop, Starbucks and vitamin shop. That’s in addition to an in-store bakery and floral shop as well as a full-service meat and seafood counter offering sushi and a produce department offering organic fruits and vegetables. The facility also includes drive-through pharmacy service and a fueling station.

A total of 148 people work at the new store, McGannon said

Phil Castle is editor of the Grand Valley Business Times, a twice-monthly business journal published in Grand Junction. Castle brings to his duties nearly 30 years of experience in editorial management positions with Western Colorado newspapers. In addition, his free-lance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Post. He holds a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University.
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