Two businesses will join Natural Grocers this year in the brand new commercial space sandwiched between Summit Boulevard and Interstate 70. The new tenants include Which Wich Superior Sandwiches and Breckenridge Dermatology, both set to open by the end of 2016.
“We’re excited to have that space,” Breckenridge Dermatology office manager Kifaya Doss said. “It’s going to be a great location for our practice. It’ll put us on the face of Frisco.”
Breckenridge Dermatology is currently located in the Frisco medical office building next to St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center. With the new location, about 3,500 square feet, Doss said they would nearly triple the size of their practice. They hope to transition to the new space in November or December.
Breckenridge Dermatology joined Summit County in January 2016 with the acquisition of Allure Medical Aesthetics, which had been in Frisco for seven years. The company also has offices in Eagle County and Pitkin County, with Vail Dermatology open for 13 years to date.
“We’re gonna be offering full-time dermatology with doctors on the spot,” Doss said. “We’re going to offer full aesthetics, too.”
At this point, she said they did not have plans to expand their staff, with local surgeons as well as staff available from just over Vail Pass.
Just next door, a new Which Wich will serve up sandwiches. Seth and Kelsey Lyons opened the locally-owned franchise store in Silverthorne after moving to Summit County in 2009.
“We knew we wanted to open a sandwich shop when we first moved to Silverthorne,” co-owner Kelsey Lyons said. “We really liked the food. I like the idea of selling a sandwich I would want, personally.”
She said they plan to open the second, Frisco location in August.
“Silverthorne has been doing so well that we decided there was probably enough demand in the county for another one,” she said. “It’s a really good spot. The locals are always so good to us.”
Lyons said they would bring on about 15 additional staff members for the new store. They are starting the hiring process now but will look to bring together a full staff in August. The Frisco space is about half the size of their store in Silverthorne.
“It’s a little more compact. We were willing to go for a smaller space for the right location,” she said. “Starbucks and Natural Grocers are really good co-tenants to share the space with; it’s a good mixture of businesses.”
With peak hours for each business staggered between the morning, noon and evening, she said it would make good use of the existing space.
“Their guests would be our guests,” she added. “It’s the same demographic.”
The complex, owned by Brian Levitt of NAVA Real Estate Development, had been vacant since 1981, when it was first approved for commercial development. He teamed up with Vega Architecture to create a rustic, mining aesthetic for the building that would contain Natural Grocers, the anchor tenant.
Starbucks was the first tenant to open in the commercial center last November, one of 150 locations across the U.S. to offer “Starbucks Evenings,” carrying wine, beer and small plates in addition to coffee. A Starbucks manager said the addition was based on how much traffic the store sees after 2 p.m.
“It’s been very popular,” she said. “I think as (the complex) develops, it will only draw more people here.”
Natural Grocers opened its doors in May, bringing on additional staff members as it completed the move from Dillon to the new, 15,600 square-foot store in Frisco. One remaining commercial space is available for lease in the complex, located at 984 Ten Mile Drive.