You can build up credit and a wardrobe at the mall, but in Grand Junction, you can also build up your muscles.
Each day, rain or shine, Mesa Mall opens its doors to some very devoted residents who walk the entire length of the mall, often times more than once.
It's a way to get out there and exercise no matter what the weather is like... And you can also meet up with friends and do a little window shopping while you're at it.
Walking is a safe, low-impact way to get into shape.
But for hundreds of people in Grand Junction, The gym is not for them.
Instead, they hit the mall.
"I used to walk along Patterson,” says Harold Cross, who’s been walking at Mesa Mall for the past six years. “But then my wife started walking and she walks a lot slower than I do. So we both walk in the mall, and we meet at the end."
These groups of mall walkers have been coming to this indoor track for the past two decades, clocking miles of tread.
With the added touch of socializing.
"The fellowship you get in this, you can't beat it," says Warren Nye, who has walked at Mesa Mall for the past 22 years. He’s also part of a group that meets for food and socializing after the walk every Monday morning.
But before they snack, these devotees walk.
One lap around the shopping center is equal to .78 miles. And then walking the Herbergers and sears wings again will get you a mile.
The doors open for walkers at 6:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m.
"They're out there at 5:55 waiting for the doors to open," says Jammie McCloud, marketing manager at Mesa Mall.
The benefits of walking the mall? Well, it's free. And it's also climate controlled, and safe.
"It's nice in the mall every day, so you can come and do your mall walking every day. Summer through winter," says McCloud.
And while mesa mall is a favorite exercising spot for these seniors, it also draws other types of fitness buffs.
McCloud says, "From seniors to stroller moms, a lot of people take advantage of the mall walking opportunity."
In return, the mall says it might get a few future customers,
But more than that it's a way to just be part of the community.
So, if you're looking for a way to mix up your work out routine and make new friends?
"It gives you a chance to meet with other people and have contact," says Cross.