Downtown businesses struggle with lower sales

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Some Downtown Grand Junction businesses are closing their doors for good only a couple of weeks into the new year.

In all of Mesa County, revenues from sales tax in 2013 were nearly 4% lower than they were projected to be, meaning a tough year for many downtown businesses.

But there are some other new and improved features you'll notice that officials and store owners both hope will bring new business to the area.

"I think people know that it's important to shop locally because it keeps money in our local economy," says Marketing and communications director for Downtown Grand Junction, Aaron Hoffman. "I think any chance people get to shop locally, that's a great place to spend their money."

A new restaurant on Colorado Ave and the continued renovation of the Avalon Theater are just two of several attractions officials hope will bring more dollars.

Others include the second annual Grand Junction Off-Road event and of course, the Downtown Farmers Market.

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