Western Colorado said goodbye to a handful of businesses in 2018. Here's a short list of five Grand Junction businesses which closed their doors for good during this last trip around the sun.

This is by no means a complete list. We had to say goodbye to several area businesses this year. These are simply five businesses off the top of my head.

  • Waylon Jordan
    1

    Lois' Place

    241 Grand Avenue, Unit #2

    After 28 years of service to Western Colorado, Lois and Bob and the rest of the family called it quits.

    Here's the good news - no one lost their jobs (minus Lois and Bob). The entire staff is making the move to a new home. Someone bought Lois' Place, along with the menu and all of Lois' recipes, and will reopen at the old Los Reyes location on 7th Street.

    I've run into Pam, a twenty-plus year employee at Lois', several times since they closed. The staff has been hard at work gutting the old restaurant, and making the move to the new location. Work, work, work.

    The new location, under a new name, will be opening in early January 2019.

  • Waylon Jordan
    2

    Sears

    Mesa Mall

    The Sears store at the Mesa Mall closed down in late 2018 after a long run in Western Colorado. I can remember a time when Sears was the only store at what is now Mesa Mall.

    I hated to see this store close. One relative, along with a good friend, both made careers out of this store. Personally, I've made several major purchases at Sears over the decades: appliances, furnishings, etc.

    It was a good run. The Grand Junction store wasn't the only link in the chain calling it quits in 2018. The company took a pretty big hit nationwide.

  • Frank Bregar
    3

    Los Reyes

    811 S 7th Street

    Like I said before, all restaurants have customers, but Los Reyes had fans. People were brokenhearted upon hearing this restaurant would be closing after 50 years.

    This was a family-owned business in every sense. Eventually, it was time to retire.

    Here's the good news - another local restaurant, the aforementioned Lois' Place, will be moving to the old Los Reyes building. It won't be Mexican food, and it won't be called Lois' Place, but it will be another locally owned business taking over the location.

    Loyal customers turned out in force to say goodbye. Look at that line. That's a local business for you at its best.

  • Ed Chandler
    4

    Herberger's

    Mesa Mall

    Back in April 2018, it was announced that Herberger's at the Mesa Mall would close its doors forever. The store hosted a huge going-out-of-business sale through the end of August.

    Bargain hunters kept a sharp eye on the store, watching for the best deals possible.

    Eventually, the end of August rolled around, and the store quietly went away.

  • Tom Freeman
    5

    Razzmatazz

    552 Main Street

    This popular downtown clothing store shut down after 20 years of service to Grand Junction.

    I want to thank you all for your friendship, your loyalty , and your support during the past 20 years. In the future might catch me "Moonlighting" at the Blue Moon!

    During its final days, Razzmatazz hosted a huge sale, along with festivities and prizes.