BOULDER, Colo. —While 7-Eleven, Chase Bank and Starbucks have quietly made their way onto what’s called The Hill, just west of the University of Colorado campus, now one of the neighborhood's most iconic spots, the Colorado Bookstore, is about to close its doors.
The building was bought in 2007 and the lease has not been renewed, so the beloved bookstore will close its final chapter in May.
“We want to improve and clean-up the Hill and bring it into the 21st century,” said Sarah Weibenson with Boulder Community Development. “The new development is now on hold while we take comments, study plans and make ready for change to come.”
The Silver & Gold Barber Shop has been on The Hill since the 1950s and has now moved into one of the new buildings housing Starbucks.
“We are doing well in our new space, but what is gone are the little shops that had so much character,” owner Laurie Parks said.
While many are calling the impending closure best for business, Boulder is losing one of its longest-running businesses, some 80 years old.
The new-look for The Hill will help give it a new lease on life but many are afraid higher costs will also chase many students away in the process.