Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 9, 1976 · Page 39
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 39

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, March 9, 1976
Page 39
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Consumers Oil shows growth in its 55 years Tuc,., March 9, l'J76 GRKKLKY (Colo.) TKIBUINE A.I5 The combined ideas of a few farmers in Weld County In 1920 has grown to a.cooperative of more than 3,550 members with total assets of almost (2 million. Consumers Oil Company Inc., located In the 700 block of 6th Street, started with a single station and 500 members 55 years ago, and now includes a service station, tire shop and retread manufacturing plant and an appliance store. The roll call of the original board of directors was an impressive list of Greeley and Weld County citizens. F. M. Mason, a farmer, was elected president of the first consumers' organization, and his Board of Directors were J. B. Cozens, D. C. Royer, C. B. Chase, and J. W. Ewing.' For eight years, Consumers Oil was located In a small service station at 714 6th St. In 1929, the membership had grown so rapidly that the members voted to incorporate and the company adopted its present name of Consumers Oil 'Cooperative Inc. At about the same time as the incorporation, the members decided to modernize the garage, and they built a two- story building -- housing a filling station, lube rack, and the officers. The business began to expand at a rapid pace, and soon new lxSLlei near Lucerne, buildings were needed to house -Recently, the company all of the services offered to installed the new Bandag Cold members. process tire recapping; plant. --In 1947, large bulk tanks offering a much stronger bind were installed to offer members f or recapped tires, according to propane gas distribution. -In 1948, recapping equipment was installed, and another building was purchased to operate the tire recapping industry. --In' 1952, a new building was erected to accommodate the tire business, and property across the street was also purchased for storage. --The company added a fertilizer business in 1963, and it has grown rapidly. --Consumers Oil and Agland of Eaton combined their resources in 1974 to build a bulk plant to service both companies. The new bulk plant is Z. G. Spalding, president of the Board of Directors. The company produces more than 17,000 recapped tires per year. According to Spalding, the boards of directors of the RETREAD BUSINESS HAS INFLATED - Z. G. (Buck) Spaidlng standc next to a row of retread tires in the Consumers Oil tire shop. A new cold mount process -- Bandag Retreads -is a rapidly growing business for the company, and Spalding said the process will outlast the older hot method of retreading tires by almost two-to-one. (Tribune photo by Mike Peters) Greeley Mall has 62 stores The 500,000-square-foot Greeley Mall has rapidly expanded from 14 stores open for business a little less than three years ago to 62 stores. Safeway opened in February, 1973, followed by a phase one grand opening on April 5, with Montgomery Ward and 12 specialty shops. Joslins and two dozen additional stores opened during the following summer. Since that time, staggered store openings have followed in both the main mall and the center's convenience building as well as the free standing Weld Colorado Bank and 7-11 store. The S9 million covered mall is a project of the Fulenwider Company, which has been active in Colorado real estate for more than 60 years. Among other Fulenwider developments are shopping centers, restaurants, motels, home subdivisions, a p a r t m e n t complexes and ski resorts. Customer comfort and convenience and aesthetic appeal were primary in the developer's original concept of the mall, with incorporation of a vast parking area with access to the temperature controlled covered mall through several convenient entrances. Within, the visitor finds warmly carpeted mall floors, sparkling fountains, soft'vapor lights, numerous planters with lush, live foliage plants and a generous supply of comfortable benches for rest slops. Community involvement has been a primary concern of the Greeley Mall Merchants Association, which has hosted such on-premise activities as charity bazaars, vocational education exhibits, art shows, 4- II and scouting displays, fire prevention and safety exhibits and demonstrations, energy conservation shows, and sporls and recreation shows. Also, a community booth, located outside the Waldenbook store, is available without charge to c o m m u n i t y , n o n p r o f i t organizations for fund-raising projects or the dissemination of information. Approximately one half the stores in the Greelcy Mall arc owned and operated by independent business people, many of them* long-time residents of the Greeley area. The balance is made up of chains. For the past three years, the mall's impact on the community has been reflected In a substantially increased payroll, increased sales tax and property tax revenues and greater employment opportunities for local residents. The mall's three major department stores- Montgomery Ward, Joslins and McDonald's -- in addition to a wide range of specialty stores offer the shopper an outstanding selection of merchandise and services. Franke's, a 12,000-square-foot variety store, offers a wide and diversified selection of merchandise. Stores specializing in fashion include the Shoe Gallery, ABC Kiddie Shop, Carousel, Clothes Basket, Dark Horse Leather, Foxmore Casuals, KG Metis, Kinney Shoes, Martin Shoes, Players, Stewarts, Up Your Alley, Pant and Duds, and Stampede Western Wear. Financial services are available at Weld Colorado Bank, First Federal Savings, and General Finance. Other services are offered by Classic Cleaners, the Butcher Shoppe (HairStyling),The shoe healer, Regis Beauty, Executravel, and American Family Insurance. A wide selection of foods are available for individual preferences at Arby's Roast Beef, Bon Dejeuner, The Balanced Diet, Franke's Cheese House, Bresler's Ice Cream, Casa Godinez, Daylight Donut, Karmelkorn and Orange Julius. Specially shops include Mexican Joes, Bri-Tone Camera, Craft Center of Colorado, Glass Impressions, The Greenery, Jewel Box, Land of Oz, Lullaby Shop, Markay Photos, Meyers Jewelry, Musicland, Mountain Sports, Qualitat tlnltd., R Cards and Gifts. Royal Optical, the Silver Naja, Slatcmcnt-Union Colony, Team Electronics, the Toy Cnmpany, Waldenhooks, the Water Closet. Zalcs Jewelry, Mr. Neat Tuxedo, Bazaar Imports and Skyscenc Flowers. Agland Co-op and Consumers Oil show a desire to merge the two co-ops to eliminate depreciation and expand (heir businesses and offer a more complete service. PROTECTING AMERICA CONSUMERS OIL IN 1927 -- From 1921, when the cooperative began, until 1929, Consumers Oil Co. was housed in this tiny building with in old-fashioned gasoline pumps. The company now has four buildings, plus a large bulk plant. Know you'll be safe tonight with a deadbolt lock from GREELEY LOCK KEY (formerly A. G. LOCKSMITH) 1416 9th St. Greeley When Halley's Comet scooted past the sun many Americans feared the end of the world. They were wrong! In that decade the Boy Scouts and the Campfire Girls were founded. Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" swept the country. Perry's discovery of the North Pole was confirmed and Amundsen discovered the South Pole. Man had "reached the ends of the earth" and Barney Oldficld was the fastest man on the face of the earth when he speeded a Bcnz at 133 miles per hour. When it came to sports, Jim Thorpe was champion and when it came to politics, "Big Bill" Taft was President. Greeley had no paved streets, only a handful of autos and hitching posts lined 8th Street. Streetcars were running in Greeley. Hibbs Clothing was founded in 1911 and has been under the same continuous management for these 65 years. Since 1911, things have changed a bit, but some things haven't changed. Among these arc . . . the standards of quality and service Hibbs Clothing Company has offered since 1911. We're in our 66th year, but we'll still be here for our 200th! 814 Ninth Street The Comfortable Store Downtown Greeley 353-1071

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