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It all started in Aspen... Owner Tom Clark first got interested in the grocery business while working for Safeway while he was in college, and then with his father at Rocky Mountain Marketing Services in Denver, marketing for a number of national brands in this region of the country. He had loved being part of the retail side of the business, and soon got to know many different markets along Colorado's Western Slope, including Aspen. Clark came to Aspen on his honeymoon in 1970, and fell in love with the community, deciding to move to the mountains.
Clark was familiar with the market in Aspen, and the fact that the town badly needed another grocery store. Soon enough, opportunity knocked. A developer who owned a piece of land along Mill Street in Aspen wanted to put a shopping center there, and took a chance on Tom Clark to fill the need for a new supermarket in town.
I had sold and mortgaged everything I had to move to Aspen, and he took a chance on me when there were a lot of high net-worth individual companies that would have wanted that location, Clark says.
That first Clark's Market opened for business on Nov. 9, 1978, and soon after the store began learning how it could best serve the community.
We found out a lot of things, Clark says with a laugh. If you look at our grand opening ad, we were trying to sell medium large eggs when all people wanted were large and extra-large eggs. And whole fryer chickens no one in Aspen knew how to cut up a chicken and needed them already cut up. The store evolved to be reflective of the people we were serving.
At Telluride, Colorado
Clarks Market is Tellurides Favorite Grocery Store and we've been Tellurides Grocery Store for over 20 years. We carry everything you need. Our family has traveled the world for more than 3 decades in search of healthier and better food. We have the highest quality products in the world at our Telluride Clarks Market. The most unique food items you can find anywhere. Items like Certified Angus Beef, Smart Chicken and Premium Farms Pork. Our seafood is the freshest in town. Come by our Telluride Grocery Store today!
10% discount in store.
Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. The town is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains. The first gold mining claim was made in the mountains above Telluride in 1875 and early settlement of what is now Telluride followed. The town itself was founded in 1878 as "Columbia", but due to confusion with a California town of the same name, was renamed Telluride in 1887, for the gold telluride minerals found in other parts of Colorado. These telluride minerals were never found near Telluride, but the area's mines for some years provided zinc, lead, copper, silver, and other gold ores. Telluride sits in a box canyon. Steep forested mountains and cliffs surround it, with Bridal Veil Falls situated at the canyon's head. Numerous weathered ruins of old mining operations dot the hillsides. A free gondola connects the town with its companion town, Mountain Village, Colorado, at the base of the ski area. Telluride and the surrounding area have featured prominently in popular culture, and it is the subject of several popular songs. It is especially known for its ski resort and slopes during the winter, as well as an extensive festival schedule during the summer. The Telluride Historic District, which includes a significant portion of the town, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also one of Colorado's 20 National Historic Landmarks. The town population was 2,325 in the 2010 United States Census.
Local Population: 2325
Distance to Major Cities: 301 miles, Colorado Springs – 363 miles, Denver – 126 miles Grand Junction, CO
Nearest Airport: 301 miles to Denver Airport – Telluride Regional Airport 15 min
Distance from Housing to Public Transportation: 1 mile
Distance from Housing to Supermarket: 25 minutes
December: 25-35 degrees