A Western Slope community that will be without a grocery store and pharmacy for the next several weeks now has a new option to get food and medicine.
On July 20, the Battlement Mesa Company began offering a free shuttle service to the Wal-Mart in Rifle for residents in Battlement Mesa and Parachute.
Earlier this month, City Market -- the only grocery store in the area -- announced it was closing its doors after lease negotiations with the Battlement Mesa Company fell through.
A new grocery store, Clark's Market, has already been leased the space, but won't be ready to open for several more weeks.
"We have the entire community's best interests in mind," said Eric Schmela, President of Battlement Mesa Company. "By providing a free shuttle service five days a week, our residents will be able to easily fill prescriptions and buy groceries as well as any other needed household items."
The shuttle will run Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:00 pm. Two shuttles will leave the Town Plaza shopping center every hour on the hour, and return to the Town Plaza every hour on the half hour.
The Battlement Mesa Company says the shuttle service will continue until Clark's Market opens this fall. Officials say if the pharmacy does not open immediately with the rest of the store, the vans will take people to Rifle until it does.