June opening eyed for new King Soopers on Centennial
66,000-square-foot store to anchor center

       A new King Soopers grocery store on the mesa at Centennial Boulevard and Fillmore Street is under construction and scheduled to open June 16.
       The 66,000 square-foot store is comparable in size to the store about two miles away at Uintah Gardens, according to Trail Daugherty, director of consumer affairs for King Soopers and City Markets in Denver.
        In a phone interview with the Westside Pioneer, Daugherty described the new store as a "standard prototype" which will offer, in addition to "traditional departments," a one-hour photo, a drive-up pharmacy, a Starbucks coffee shop, a fuel center and an inside bank.
       The new King Soopers will anchor a 100,000-square-foot center - called Grandview Market Place - on 12.3 acres that will also feature several smaller retail establishments. According to Bob Turner of Quadrant Properties, a Denver company co-developing the site with King Soopers, four such businesses have already signed on. These are a liquor store (Sportz Beverages) and a hair salon (Supercuts), a bank (TCF) and a dry cleaner (operating name not yet known).
       Letters of intent have been received from a beauty supplier, a coffee chain store and a sandwich chain store, Turner said. Negotiations are continuing with a "national video chain," he added, saying that he also expects to bring in one or more restaurants.
        The center will have entrances at Fillmore and at Centennial (onto the new Grand Market Point street just north of the center). No stop lights are currently planned on either of those accesses, although a light at Centennial and Grand Market Point is "ultimately" anticipated, according to Tim Siebert of NES Inc., a private Westside planning firm that designed the center.
        In addition to attached storefronts north of the King Soopers, there will be three free-standing locations in the parking lot, one of them expected to house a bank, according to the city-approved development plans. The fuel center will be just south of the store, near the Fillmore access.
       The parking lot will have room for 451 vehicles, the plans show.
       The landscaping will reflect the times by having only minimal grass; most of the planted vegetation will not need much watering. "The whole intent of the shopping center is to be water conservational," Siebert said.
       Sandstone will be the predominant structural theme - indicating a "relationship to the surrounding area," he said.
        The property is owned by Lyda Hill, who also owns adjacent, undeveloped acreage. The location was chosen because of the potential for growth in that area, Daugherty said. Regarding the relative proximity to the Uintah Gardens store, he said, "There aren't a lot of options in that part of the Springs," and "it's not unusual for us to open a new store within a few miles of another one."

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