Open on Sunday? Not Downtown.

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Next month the Downtown Development Authority begins work on Main Street. And while the project hopes to bring in more visitors to the area some businesses think keeping stores open on Sunday would help as well.

Monday through Saturday downtown Grand Junction is usually packed with people,
but come Sunday most stores close their doors, with only a spattering of stores keeping hours seven days a week.

Mark Wingerter manages Summit Canyon mountaineering on Main Street. He says, "I wish more people were open on Sunday and past six." Wingerter says some Sundays can be hit or miss but most are decent, "We have great days on Sundays; sometimes it's our biggest day of the week."

Wingerter says more open doors would mean more open drawers. "Having more shops open down here on Sunday would certainly draw more traffic," says, Wingerter. Other business owners agree. Steve Thoms, owner of The Winery says, "I think it would behoove a lot of businesses but you know it's a scary thing." But say staying open is up to the business owner.

"My business is open seven days a week, but we are a group of independent business people we are a group of independent property owners," says Thoms. Most of those owners working every day their store is open.

"Sunday I know is becoming a major shopping day for a lot of malls and things like that its just... that's one reason I'm not in a mall," says Bruce Benge of Benge’s Shoes. Benge says not working on Sunday is a much needed break. "I think you need one day of rest a week to just kinda recharge and stuff like that so Sunday is our day," says, Benge.

While Sundays will remain a day of rest for some, others see it as a missed opportunity.
"Definitely a lot of business to be had down here its getting wasted," says, Wingerter.

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