More Businesses Mean More Jobs in Grand Valley
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Over the last six months, officials have seen an increase in restaurant and retail businesses in the Grand Valley, resulting in more available jobs.
The city has more or less maintained a rate of 7 percent vacancy in commercial and industrial buildings since 2011, but that number could be dropping.
"We suspect we'll be doing another windshield survey next month of our vacant commercial and industrial buildings. We expect we're going to see a reduction of that vacancy rate, so we're going to see more buildings that are occupied," said Greg Moberg, city of Grand Junction planning services manager.
The recent additions of Noodles and Company, Buffalo Wild Wings, T.J. Maxx, Sprouts, Tractor Supply Company and StarTech are contributing to the expected decrease in vacancies.
More new businesses also mean more jobs.
Buffalo Wild Wings and Noodles and Company have added a combined 200 jobs to the community, while T.J. Maxx and Tractor Supply Company will add an additional 110 jobs.
Although StarTech vacated one building downtown, it filled up one large, empty building on North Avenue.
StarTech has hired over 450 employees since Jan. 1.
The communication center is looking to add an additional 67 positions by Oct. 7.
Moberg says another benefit is the construction work that goes into buildings being renovated.
Once the construction ends, many of the jobs created by businesses moving in will be permanent.