Will bigger be better?

With the opening of a new 125,000 sq. ft. Target this month, Glenwood Springs becomes one of the smallest communities in the U.S. with the three retail giants duking it out over the region’s retail purchases. Glewnood’s population is only 8,500.

Both Wal-Mart and Kmart have been in town longer: the 40,318 sq. ft. Kmart store opened in 1982, followed by Wal-Mart in 1987. Wal Mart doubled the size of its original store to 111,000 sq. ft. a few years later. Now comes a bigger Target store, which is part of the Glenwood Meadows development – a commercial and residential development that effectively doubles commercial space than the town.

Located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, Glenwood Springs is the service and shopping center for resorts such as Aspen and Vail, and a tourist destination in its own right.


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