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Vacancy rate sky high at Castle Rock outlet stores

The Outlets at Castle Rock.

Hadn't been to the Outlets at Castle Rock for quite a while -- and my visit on Labor Day offered an indication of just how vibrant (or not) the retail economy is in these parts right now. I'd estimate that approximately a third of the spaces in the sprawling complex are empty right now, with the last two pods only about half full. No doubt the Democratic National Convention brought a big infusion of cash to certain businesses. But such investments clearly haven't trickled down this far south. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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