Local Businesses Expand, Grow Despite Slumping Economy

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

As the headlines about job cuts and companies going under continue to dominate across the country, some businesses in Grand Junction say life has been pretty good.

"In Grand Junction, we're lucky," said Jacob Sessum, Sales Manager of Ed Bozarth's Saturn of Grand Junction. "We're kind of sheltered and we do have a very good economy still."

In light of that success, they say it's time to move forward.

"Things are going well for us," said Monty Haltiner, Manager of Crossroads Wine & Spirits. "And we’re gonna make sure they continue to go well for us."

Friday, the owners and management of Crossroads broke ground on their new building that is being constructed near Patterson and 24 Road.

A new home for Saturn of Grand Junction and Ed Bozarth's Pre-Owned Vehicles is coming along in the lot next to the existing dealership.

Both businesses say although we're in a time when most businesses should scale back, now is the best time for them to expand and grow.

"The companies who have succeeded have always expanded when times are tough," said Sessum. "It’s harder to do when times are booming because things are even more expensive."

"Forward thinking businesses know how to achieve their goal," said Haltiner. "If you’re taking care of customers they’re going to continue to support you."

The businesses say when it comes to expansion, not only are they laying down the foundation on their new buildings -- they're also laying down the foundation for the future of their businesses.

Crossroads says now that it's been around for a while and has been able to make a solid name for itself, it's time to take their business plans to the next level.

"It’s time to stop throwing away rent money and pay a mortgage," said Haltiner. "It’s a big chunk of money we throw away to rent."

Ed Bozarth says it has had a strong reputation across the Grand Valley for a long time, but potential car buyers don't necessarily know the Saturn brand it recently picked up. Officials say the new, stand alone building should do just that and boost sales, but also boost the popularity of the dealership.

"People spend a lot of money on cars and I think it’s gonna offer us the ability to give them more for their dollar as far as their experience goes," said Sessum.

Both businesses expect their new buildings to open sometime next year.

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