Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 9, 1976 · Page 36
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 36

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, March 9, 1976
Page 36
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A-12 GKEKI.EV (Calo.| TRIBUNE TUM., March 9,1976 Hillside merchants like location near UNC By TOM BARBOUR Tribune Staff Writer An important question has been answered for Greeley merchants. Yes, the city can support two major shopping centers. Merchants at the Hillside Center and Hillside Mall say things couldn't be better, even with the Greeley Mall right down the road. "The opening of the Mall (Greeley) hurt some at first," said Len Klein o f ' Gilbert's Pharmacy, a Hillside area original, "But things are coming back now." It's been four years since the opening of the Hillside Mall to go along with the Hillside Center thai first opened for business in 1958. Only one space -- the old Hested's building in the Hillside Center -- is vacant now. Bui Lyle Myhre, property manager for Wheeler Realty, says that space should be filled soon. Wheeler is the only owner in the history of both the Mall and Center and Myhre says things haven't slowed down a bit. . "I think the city is now big enough for the two shopping centers,"Mhyre said. "Greeley Mail certainly hasn't hurt. Overall, gross sales have probably gone up." Merchants in the Hillside area are quick to jump on the bandwagon pointing out the advantages of the area a few blocks south of the University of Northern Colorado's West Campus. "I know things have increased for me," said Ted Stockfleth of Stockfleth Hardware on (be Hillside Center side, the other original owner along with Klein. One advantage for Hillside is proximity to UNC. ",We really pull the college traffic," said Len Ochsner of Bresler's Ice Cream Shop at Hillside Mall. "Our location makes for an easy walking distance from the campus." "It's very csi for itudtnts lo go to King Soopers for groceries and just stop by our place on the way back to the campus," added Ochsner's wife, Joan promotions director for the 25- member Merchants of Hillside Mall Assoc. The Hillside Mall is built on the idea of two major retailers, King Soopers and Woolco, at each end with specialty shops in between covering 49,066 ' square feet of floor space. "We have no repeats in the Mall," said Mrs. Ochsner. "We IiiiVc vlie ollue Store, Olle u l U and crafts shop and one ice cream store." In I he mercha nts' way of thinking, it's a group thing. "There was only Woolco here when we came," said King Soopers manager Stan Small. 'There has been a great increase in traffic. I don't think any of us would want to be anywhere by ourselves." While Small has seen traffic pick up, so has the other major retailer, Woolco. Manager Louis Kober said that without expansion, business has continued to improve for the discount house. "We've tried to make a customer study of customer needs in relation to merchandising. We try to improve everyday." Kober joins Small in pointing out the help (he shops between his store and King Soopers provide. "The more the belter. The specialities draw more shop pens to the area," he said. Yvonne Murray at Hillside Arts and Crafts points to one more Hillside Mall advantage "The Greeley Mall is bound tc effect us," she said. "But wi still offer a convenienci shopping where people can run in and out and not have to bother with finding their wa; around the enclosed mall.' The only problem anyone points out is that the mal shopping came to Greeley late as compared to some com muni lies. "People who come to Greeley from elsewhere are familiar with mall shopping," Mrs Ochsner said. She pointed ou that while Hillside Mall had its Grand Opening in 1972, malls in the Denver area appeared in the sixties. With the growth of the Hillside area, there have been some changes. Most importantly, the split of the Merchants Association. Originally, the merchants in Ihe Center and Mall were associated as one. "It was a friendly split," Mrs. Ochsner said. "The problem was that it was too hard lo split such things as promotions. We have the Jett's Petting Zoo coming soon for example, and you can't split something like that between two areas." Stockfleth is quick lo agree from the other side of nth Avenue. "That's right, you just can't do it." That leaves the Mall on Ihe east side of llth Avenue with 24 acres and 171,236 square feet of leasable area with parking for i.COO cars. The Merchants Association is headed by President Len Ochsner with Maria Nixnn of One Hour Martinizing (he vice president, Jim Nixon the Ireasurer, and Mrs. Murray, secretary. The Hillside Center has no formal association. In terms of physical growth, the newest, and in Myhre's estimation (helast, edition to the Hillside Mall is an island on llth Avenue housing five merchants. Funland, Winchell's Donut Shop, Melodic Tapes and Records, Carl's Frame Shop and Benson's Optical occupy the area. More physical changes have taken place at Hillside Center. The two major retailers of the area for many years, Safeway and Hested's, are now gone. Safeway and Hested's just closed shop. "We would like to fill the Hested's, space with one tenant," Myhre said. "But that hasn't been decided yet.'* Fourleen merchants now occupy the Hillside Center with Gilberts, Stockfleth, Hillside Barber and the Maytag 40-year-old Nelson Office Supply one of area's largest Forty years ago, Lloyd G. Nelson and his wife, Helen, opened an office supply store in a tiny 20x40-ft. building on 9th Avenue across from the Weld County Courthouse. Now, one move and several additions later. Nelson Office Supply is one of the largest office supply firms in Grecley and serves customers from the nine-county northern Colorado area. The move came in the late 1940s when Ihe firm opened its present store al 807 8th St. In 1%5, thai store was expanded to the west and Nelson's first offered glassware and gifts. In addition to 1,800 square feet of store space, the company also m a i n t a i n s a fi.OOO- :;rjuare foot warehouse. Even as the store expanded rtnd moved, o f f i c e s u p p l i e s r e m a i n e d Nelson's p r i m a r y business. Nelson's is franchisod dealer f o r A . B . Dick d u p l i c a t i n g machines, Victor-Comptometer adding machines, calculators, electronic equipment and office machines and Olympia office machines and typewriters. The company offers complete office planning service with . sales of office furniture from 12 major manufacturers. In addition, the f i r m offers glasswares, wedding inv i t a t i o n s and a f u l l Rift department. The store is open from H a.m. lo 5:.TM p.m. six days a week. The company's employes, in addition to Nelson and his wife, include: Stan Bcson, Jim Nelson, Don Sherman, Darrell Huitt, Doug Day, Doug Youngren, Earl Jones, Dorris Jordan, Karen Peppier, I.aVernc C a r t e r . Delores Johnson. Don Macllcndrie, Rose M i l l e r , Helen M. Nelson, Robert Pohlman, Bill Rickard and Dorothy Russell. Laundry having been there Safeway store. The Upper While the merchants agreed ther, "Now we have enough." office here. Since 1940, John R. structTM and sale of epartment since 1958. Crust, a chain of pizza parlors, that the Hillside Center and Wheeler Really, operator of P. Wheeler has directed the uniis an d commercial building, The newest additions are has moved in along with Mall and the Greeley Mall have the Hillside area, has been in firm in activities that include leasing and selling in major Gordon's Discount Liquors and Hillside Auto Parts and the dividedthepieandallsurvived, Greeley since 1915 when general brokerage, residential northern Colorado com- Alpine Hans, splitting the old Leather Bench. Stockfleth goes one step fur- Charles F. Wheeler opened an and commerical sales, con- inunilieB. 1776 1790 1829 1862 1888 The styles for men have changed many times since 1776. Although we haven't been in business that long, we have kept up with the trend in men's wear. Stop in today to check the latest fashion. We salute the United States in its Bicentennial and Colorado during its Centennial. OPEN FRIDAY EVENINGS 7th Street at 8th Avenue. MAY, 1955 FEBRUARY, 1976 1926 1905 1949 1964

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