Lafayette Colorado’s Waneka Marketplace

I’ve taken many trips to Jax Outdoor Gear in Lafayette at the old Ace Hardware location for camping gear, and related stuff.

Just south of there across South Boulder Road, I’ve passed the same area to get to the scout store for the Pack 278 awards and advancement material.

Each trip I wondered how long it was going to take to stop seeing the Waneka  Marketplace at Hwy 287 & South Boulder Road as a ‘ghost town’.

Well, the time has finally come…

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From the Boulder Daily Camera:

The 50,000-square-foot space that was once an Albertsons grocery store was split into three storefronts over the last year. First came Sunflower Farmers Market and Dollar Tree in October, and now Goodwill is set to open a brand-new store in the remaining 17,500 square feet of space.

Doors will first open to the public during a soft opening Dec. 9, while a grand opening celebration will take place on New Year’s Day, with 99-cent jeans and 50 percent off many items planned.

The store, only the second Goodwill in Boulder County, began accepting donations of clothes, electronics and furniture Thursday.

“We’re thrilled that all of these companies are taking empty spaces and will be producing sales tax dollars to the city,” said Vicki Trumbo, executive director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

The 2009 closures of Albertsons and Ace Hardware threatened to leave the shopping center at the corner of South Boulder Road and U.S. 287 looking like a ghost town.

Outdoor retailer Jax Mercantile has since filled the space occupied by Ace, and Albertsons is barely a memory after the three new shops have moved in between its walls. One of those walls, which used to serve as the grocer’s drive-up pharmacy, is now a drive-up drop-off window for people donating items to Goodwill.

I’m very happy to see the retail space fill in with vibrant new shops. There are a few locally owned businesses in the area which have hung in there, and I think having so much new activity will help these locals thrive going forward, and the residents in the area seem to be quickly adapting to the new shopping opportunities as the parking lot was very full when I went by there last night.

Good work Layfayette!

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