Two New Businesses Break Ground In Española

City officials and business entrepreneurs break ground on new construction projects bringing two new businesses to Española. Valley Daily Post photo

Two New Businesses Break Ground In Española

Staff Report

Monday Morning the City of Española held a groundbreaking ceremony for two new businesses that are coming to the city.

Working with the City’s Planning Dept., two groups of entrepreneurs finalized the permitting process and broke ground at a site behind the new McDonald’s on Riverside, across the street from Chili’s.

Justin Montoya and Isaac Montoya from Las Vegas New Mexico and Albuquerque are building an Anytime Fitness franchise, immediately behind McDonald’s. Justin Montoya reports that the brand new fitness center will be more than 5,000 square feet and he plans to open by January 1, just in time for people’s new year’s resolutions.

Isaac Montoya(L) and Justin Montoya(R) pose with Mayor Alice Lucero following the groundbreaking of their new Anytime Fitness store. Valley Daily Post photo

Justin Montoya, a 29 year old fitness expert reports that he has worked in the industry for years, at many gyms and facilities and is most impressed with the Anytime Fitness model which gives the individual control of their exercise needs and times to exercise. Anytime Fitness has franchises in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington and Carlsbad.

This is his first time opening his own business. Montoya says they chose Española because it is a growing community with lots of potential.

Craig Wood and his wife Monica Wood are also starting a business in Española, with the construction of a Wienerschnitzel restaurant. Craig Wood knows the Española Valley well, after spending years as an employee for Lotta Burger, helping the company build new stores and remodel existing stores, such as the one in Española. Now, the married couple are branching out on their own, building their first ever business right here in Española.

 Craig Wood and his wife Monica Wood celebrate the groundbreaking of their new restaurant Monday, along with Developer Josh Skarsgard and his wife. Valley Daily Post photo

Mayor Alice Lucero was on hand for the groundbreaking, along with City Councilor Pedro Valdez, City Manager Mark Trujillo and Planning & Zoning Commission member JR. Trujillo. The four also attended a ribbon cutting for Starbucks across the street immediately prior to the groundbreaking (See Ribbon Cutting story HERE). Mayor Lucero welcomed the new businesses saying “Thank you for investing in our community. People here are just wonderful and we hope you find it a pleasure to be here too.” Mayor Lucero added that her husband is a big fan of hotdogs and expects he will be a regular customer at the Wienerschnitzel restaurant.

Developer Josh Skarsgard with Southwest Development has been working with both businesses, helping them in the permitting process and now begins work building Anytime Fitness, in partnership with local builder Bluesky Builders Inc. The Wienerschnitzel store will be built nearby at a soon to be announced date.

Skargard was on hand for the groundbreaking, helping to coordinate the event with the city and contractors.

Skarsgard’s Southwest Development firm has been very active in Española over the past year. They also just completed the new building where Starbucks opened and where a Verizon store will open soon.

Elias Isaacson in the Planning Dept. said that the city has made significant progress in speeding the permiting process to help businesses expand or move into the community.  Isaacson said that there are additional projects under consideration and that the city can expect to see this business boom continue.