New businesses announced for Mesa Ridge
Last updated 1/7/2022 at 9:34am
A liquor store with wine tasting room, a local pet supply store, and a third as of yet unknown tenant are coming to the vacant space between Safeway and the Dollar Tree on Mesa Ridge Parkway.
Klix Wine & Spirits – currently operating just on the other side of Safeway, and formerly known as Carson's Liquor – will go from about 3,600 square feet to 6,500, developer Derek Cohn said. Klix purchased Carson's last year and has big plans for its future home, including a patio area with fire pit to the rear, and bigger walk-in and reach-in coolers to hold a wider variety of products.
"It's much more modern, much larger, with more wine selection," Cohn said.
The other confirmed business, Pet Pantry, is local to Colorado Springs and currently has three locations: North Academy, South 8th Street, and Voyager Parkway. The business bills itself as a pet supply store "specializing in quality food, treats and supplies for cats and dogs."
They will also have multiple self-service dog wash rooms, and the green space in the back can be used for pet owners to exercise their animals.
The Baldwin Cohn Group has not yet secured a tenant for the third space, but there has been "a great amount of interest from prospective tenants," Cohn said.
"We have felt that it would be a good space for a firearms or outdoorsman retailer, or similar use," he said.
The name Klix is a nod to military jargon for kilometers, as in the expression "this many klicks to this destination," Cohn explained.
Cohn's business partner, Brent Baldwin, is a veteran and former 10th Special Forces Group member and Silver Star for Valor recipient with a few other Colorado Springs liquor stores in his portfolio, including Veterans Wine and Liquor at Austin Bluffs and Academy, and Patriots Liquor at Marksheffel and Constitution.
Baldwin's heroic actions for which he received the Silver Star were part of a dramatic series of events that took place in Iraq in 2004. The Green Beret engaged in combat with enemy fighters and rescued a fellow soldier.
"During the initial phases of the attack, Staff Sgt. Baldwin dug a trapped and wounded Soldier out of the rubble and revived him under intense hostile fire and continuous barrages of RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades)," according to the narrative accompanying his citation. "Realizing that the massing of fires was the prelude to an all-out assault, Staff Sergeant Baldwin emerged from the destroyed fighting position firing his M-249 machine gun at the AIF attackers. The AIF continued to systematically target his rooftop position with a sustained attack of at least 25 RPGs supported by medium machine gun and various small arms fire. Without regard for his own personal safety, Staff Sgt. Baldwin engaged and killed several AIF attempting to breach the building's defensive perimeter by moving to multiple positions and engaging the enemy with withering fire in a close-pitched battle."
The dire circumstances continued through various stages of fighting.
"While engaged with the inmate in unarmed combat, and risking his own safety, he instructed U.S. Forces to fire non-lethal ammunition at the prisoner," the narrative said. "The inmate was shot three times with non-lethal rounds and continued to fight Staff Sgt. Baldwin with intense vigor until Staff Sgt. Baldwin subdued him using hand-to-hand techniques, quelling the riotous intentions of the rest of the prisoners."
Cohn said he is proud to be in business with Baldwin.
"I'm very honored to have Brent as a friend and business partner," Cohn said. "While I am not a veteran, I'm a huge supporter of our military. I brought the first Jimmy John's to Colorado Springs in 2007, and opened 13 locations over eight years. Brent and I met in 2011 and partnered to open two Jimmy John's locations on Fort Carson. Since 2015, I have sold all of the stores I owned, and Brent and I also sold the two Fort Carson locations. We are no longer involved with Jimmy John's."
Construction of the new 11,000-square-foot building at Mesa Ridge recently started, with an anticipated completion date of July or August 2022. The Baldwin Cohn Group, which operates real estate development and other businesses around the Colorado Springs area, purchased the vacant land last summer for $1 million. Baldwin Cohn also owns the building occupied by Jimmy Johns and AT&T on the other side of the shopping center.
Since taking over Carson's, Klix has made an improved customer experience its top priority. That renewed focus will carry over to the new location, Cohn said.
"We have been focused on improving the customer experience since acquiring the business," Cohn said. "The new, larger, and more modern space will allow us to increase inventory and variety while also incorporating new features such as a tasting room and larger beer cave. The tasting room will be a leasable event space that is connected to an outdoor patio area with a fire pit. As far as we know, this type of liquor store has never existed in Fountain, and we feel that the residents are ready for it. There will be a much larger selection of craft beers, seltzers, wines, whiskeys and other spirits. Additionally, we have been focusing on our cigar selection, and we plan to have a larger humidor for greater storage and variety."
Klix also will feature a customer rewards program. Customers enrolled in the program will earn "Klix," which can be redeemed for discounts and other rewards. We plan to roll out this new rewards program by mid-2022."
The developers have been busy in recent years revitalizing and renovating spaces in downtown Colorado Springs, primarily along Tejon Street. For example, the former Paris Crepes across from Acacia Park is now occupied by Mood Tapas, Bird Tree Café, and a speakeasy called District Elleven in the back. Tattered Cover bookstore recently announced it is going into one of their spaces. The newest business to open is Epiphany, in the former Thirsty Parrot. Epiphany is a restaurant, live music venue and idea-sharing space.