Biz buzz:
Big 5 Sporting Goods at Uintah Gardens

       A Big 5 Sporting Goods store will open in a few weeks at the Uintah Gardens shopping center at 19th and Uintah streets.
       Remodeling was underway last week on the roughly 11,000-square-foot space where Walgreens had been for 35 years before building and recently relocating to a free-standing store at the center.
       “Tentatively we'll be open the day after Thanksgiving,” said store assistant manager Cody Pittenger.
       Big 5 is a chain store with 353 locations in 10 Western states, according to its website. There are two other Big 5's in Colorado Springs (both on the east side).
       “We provide a full-line product offering in a traditional sporting goods store format [that] includes athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as a broad selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, snowboarding and in-line skating,” the website also states.
       A Westside location should be successful because there are no other major sporting goods stores in this area, Pittenger said.
       The store manager will be Bill Turner, who is currently at the Academy Boulevard store.
       Construction of an automated car wash has started at 395 S. Eighth St.
       Located just south of Fountain Creek, the recently replatted, roughly 1-acre property wraps around the Arby's restaurant, allowing vehicle access onto Eighth Street in two places, explained property/business owner Russell Ross.
       He said the facility will be an “express” car wash, which allows people to pre-select the type of wash they want using touch-screen monitors, then ride through inside the vehicle and afterward make use of a free, canopied vacuum station.
       When Speedy Shine Express Car Wash opens, hopefully in January, he said it will be only the second of that type in Colorado Springs. “I thought it would work well on our end of town,” commented Ross, who also owns a Sylvan Learning Center (after-school tutoring) franchise in the Cheyenne area.
       The property area north of Arby's was formerly a Waffle House restaurant, which has been torn down for the project.
       The Cucuru Gallery Café, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., will have an opening reception for two artists Saturday, Nov. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       “Color Touches the Heart” is the title of the show by Marie Baehr, a local landscape artist.
       Also being featured is the fire stoneware of Roger Fenton, who grew up on the Westside and has been a studio potter in Saguache, Colo., for 30 years.
       The public is welcome.

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