Inta Juice Building Nearly Finished
Location in front of Mountain View High School could house 5 businesses, including 2more restaurants
BY CRAIG YOUNG
The new two-story building in front of Mountain View High School that will house an Inta Juice smoothie shop should be finished in about two weeks, its owner said Thursday. Then the juice bar with drive-thru lane will open for business between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, according to Rob Woodward. He and his wife, Paula Woodward, own the Inta Juice at 2997 N. Garfield Ave. in Loveland and the Inta Juice national franchise company with two partners. The Inta Juice shop will take up just 1,500 square feet of the 10,000-square-foot building that Woodward is constructing at 3625 Mountain Lion Drive. He said he is working on leasing out the rest of the building. “Nothing is signed today, but we are negotiating with two restaurants,” he said.
The building will hold five businesses, Woodward said, including Inta Juice, two other restaurants, a retail business and possibly a fitness center with which he is negotiating. Inta Juice sells primarily fruit smoothies and breakfast bowls, which are thicker blended concoctions that are eaten with a spoon, as well as fresh squeezed vegetable and wheatgrass drinks. Woodward said he bought the Inta Juice brand about seven years ago, which he and his wife and the owners of the Longmont and Greeley Inta Juice locations own.
Including franchise locations that he said he inherited, Inta Juice has eight locations not counting the new one, including shops in Wyoming, Arizona, Minnesota and Arkansas. He said the owners of the franchise company just completed the legal paperwork to allow them to start selling franchises again.
Woodward, who is part-owner of the shop in Cheyenne, said he is looking for two sites in Fort Collins and plans to open a location in Berthoud in the next year or two.
The historic armory building in downtown Loveland was built in 1926 as a community hub and military training center and has served many different purposes in its 90-year life.After 35 years as home to a National Guard Unit, the iconic structure at 201 S. Lincoln Ave. also served as storage for Hewlett-Packard, school district headquarters, city offices and most recently a church.The church, whose members in 1993 painstakingly remodeled and saved the aging piece of Loveland history, and had it listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now selling the building."The building we are at, the location, really does not support the vision we have for our church," said the Rev. Jason Avant, head pastor of Calvary Church. The church is looking for a larger building and more land to house a gym, activity center and space for different classes and workshops.So, they have listed the church for sale for $1.12 million and, at the same time, are looking for a new location for Calvary Church, which will rebrand itself as The Avenue, a United Pentecostal Church. The avenue is symbolic for the path to a better life it will support for its members through classes, support groups and community outreach, Avant said.The church bought the building in 1993 from the city of Loveland, which bought it in 1979 and initially used it for parks and recreation and water department operations until the Loveland Civic Center opened in 1986.In 1990, the City Council at the time, voted on whether to spend $50,000 to fix the roof, replace windows and secure the building, but with a 4-4 tie, nothing was done and the building remained in limbo.The roof continued to leak on the 14,000-square foot armory, and by the time the church bought it in 1993, the interior was in disrepair. News articles from the 1990s describe rotted floor boards, windows smashed by vandals and paint chipping away from foot-thick concrete walls.It was in such disrepair that, in a 1992 Reporter-Herald article, city officials estimated, it could cost as much as $350,000 to bring the Armory up to city code. Instead, the church members led by Pastor Daniel Johnson, gave new meaning to walking the walk and remodeled the building themselves, step by step, and turned the inside into a church, classrooms and offices."They definitely made it something of beauty out of the ashes," said Avant.
A community effort
In the early 1920s, when Loveland's population was about 7,000, the Loveland Civic Association, a predecessor of the Chamber of Commerce, began spearheading an effort to locate a National Guard Armory unit in downtown Loveland, according to the application for placement on the historic register. The unit would provide a community hub and boost the economy.Clarence J. Morley, who was Colorado governor at the time, approved the request for the armory in Loveland, and the civic association bought the land for $800 with $200 down and plans to finance the rest, though the American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary stepped in and helped pay off the remaining $600.