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Construction is well underway for Colorado Springs’ second Walmart Neighborhood Market. The first will open in August of 2012 at Platte and Murray. The S. Academy location is expected to open early in 2013.

The Neighborhood Market stores are a more direct competitor to the likes of Safeway and King Soopers. From “Designed as a convenient shopping experience with great assortment at great prices, the Walmart Neighborhood Market will provide the local community another destination for groceries at the Walmart value price. The store will carry a full line of groceries, including fresh produce, frozen foods, meat and dairy products. For those on the go, a self-serve deli offers hot rotisserie chicken, sliced deli meats, gourmet cheeses and pre-packaged foods.”

The concept has actually been around since 1998. There are currently 199 Walmart Neighborhood Markets in the United States. Typically, these stores are about 42,000 square feet and employ 90-95 people. In contrast, a Walmart Supercenter is more like 180,000 square feet and employs 350 people or more.

Construction on the South Academy building is being done by Brinkmann Constructors of Englewood, CO and Chesterfield, MO. Brinkmann has done a number of projects for Walmart in its 25 year history, as well as for other well known chains such as Home Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods and OfficeMax.

Walmart has more in store for the South Acaemy area. A new supercenter is planned across from Pikes Peak Community College that will also be home to the southern Colorado Springs Sam’s Club, currently located near Airport Rd and Academy Blvd.

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Colorado Springs (Gain/Stovall) – Matt Colligan, owner of American Water Damage, announces that Diana Davis has joined the company as Director of Business Development. She is also WRT – Water Damage Restoration certified.

Ms. Davis has a strong background in sales and merchandising. She has more than 25 years of combined retail experience at Macy’s and Federated department stores. She progressed through the ranks to become general manager of a store grossing $20.0 million per year. During the latter part of her retailing career, Diana was in charge of all Macy’s of Cincinnati special events.

She moved to Colorado Springs to work for Colorado Springs Gazette advertising as a Key Account Executive and subsequently Key Accounts Manager. While at the Gazette she met Matt Colligan and, impressed with his business acumen and ethics, went to work for him at Champion Windows of Colorado Springs. She then joined Matt in his new endeavor when he founded American Water Damage.

About American Water Damage – “You Relax, We Rescue”℠

Matt Colligan of Colorado Springs, CO, and David Lopez of Dallas Fort Worth, TX founded American Water Damage in 2011. The company’s mission is to provide a consistently remarkable customer experience while becoming the leader in the emergency service and restoration industry. Each American Water Damage technician is certified and experienced in all requisite fields.

Both founders bring years of experience in the home improvement industry with a strong emphasis on exceptional customer service, adapted for the restoration industry using stringent internal systems and processes. These are backed externally by Guild Quality third party surveys and the effective performance metrics adopting measuring analytics of Net Promoter Score (NPS).

The Colorado Springs location is at 3385 Fillmore Heights Ridge, Unit A, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. Call 719-452-3000 or go to  for more information.

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Colorado Springs, CO Press Release – Griffis/Blessing, Inc. is pleased to announce its selection to provide property management services for the medical office building at 6979 S Holly Circle in Centennial, CO. The 29,755-square-foot, two-story property that features a walk-out lower level was recently purchased by HT 6979 S Holly Circle, LLC.

Senior Vice President Rick Davidson, CPM®, and Operations Coordinator Marlene McNeely will handle the assignment for Griffis/Blessing. "We landed this assignment because of our past history of working with this ownership group and our experience managing medical office buildings," said Davidson. "With the exception of the hospitals, we are the largest medical office management firm in southern Colorado, and this assignment not only demonstrates our growing expertise in medical office management, but also expands our Denver portfolio to half a million square feet."
According to Davidson, the ownership group has made a substantial economic commitment to remodeling the common areas of its other properties, including changing the lighting, upgrading the operating systems to include the incorporation of energy saving technology, and reducing the water consumption by switching to eco-friendly landscaping alternatives.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with an additional office in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 4,000 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services throughout Colorado since 1985. For more information, visit

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Dana and Kimberly Miller have been the owner/operators of American Comfort Systems for about 8 years now. However, they’ve taken on a bit of a higher profile now that they’ve moved into their new location on Main Street in Security, just south of Dad’s Kwik Inn.

Kimberly Miller was born and raised in Widefield and graduated from Widefield High School in 1993. She worked as an office manager for companies including H & R Block and a heating and air conditioning company, where she met her husband, Dana. Dana was a lead installer at the time. The two were married in 1996 and now have two sons, Robby and Joey.

Kimberly became a full-time mom until her youngest was about six years old.  Dana continued to work in the heating and cooling business. In 2005 the couple decided to go into business for themselves and founded American Comfort Systems. Dana is the manager, supervising installation and servicing, while Kimberly, the company president, runs the office/administrative end. Kimberly’s sister Tiffany is the office manager. They also currently employ 4 technicians and are looking to hire another.

American Comfort Systems provides heating and air conditioning equipment and system installation and servicing. They also do residential plumbing repair. Sales and service include furnaces, water heaters, air purifiers, air conditioning, duct cleaning, humidifiers and more. All of their technicians are background checked and drug tested. The company is fully licensed and insured and is also a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer. That means they can offer their 100% satisfation guarantee on any Bryant products they install.

American Comfort Systems has no emergency or overtime fees. They’re on call 24/7 and you’ll pay the same rate whether they deploy Monday afternoon or at 3am Sunday morning. There is a $50 minimum, which is applied to parts and labor should they perform work for you. Their coverage area includes El Paso and Teller County. Miltary and senior discounts are available. They’ll accept Visa/Mastercard/Discover and AMEX and also provide financing with approved credit through GE Capital and Ent Federal Credit Union.

You can reach American Comfort Systems at 719-382-4194, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit them on the web at and on Facebook at

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A dynamic new program is giving southern Colorado women hands-on training in self-defense techniques while supporting women’s groups in the community.

NEVER A Victim, LLC offers a four-hour seminar to empower women and girls by teaching them awareness, avoidance, and simple self-defense techniques – regardless of their age, background and fitness level.

Doris Rivera-Black, an experienced law enforcement officer and instructor, founded NEVER a Victim after surviving a domestic violence attack against her. In June 2006, she was kidnapped at gunpoint in her driveway by her ex-husband.

“I just knew there was more I could do to help prevent other women from being attacked,” Rivera-Black said. “I refuse to call myself a victim – I’m a survivor.”

During the seminar, Rivera-Black and her partner, Melissa Warden, offer classroom instruction on violence against women statistics, domestic violence awareness, situational awareness, avoidance and escape, self-defense weapons, self-defense techniques, and what to do after an attack.

After the classroom portion, there is an opportunity for participants to practice what they learned with closely monitored, scenario-based drills against an “assailant” wearing a protective RedMan instructor suit.
“All of our seminars are taught by experienced law enforcement and defensive-tactics instructors. Safety always comes first and we monitor every drill very closely,” Rivera-Black said.

Because she believes so strongly in giving back to women in the community, Rivera-Black donates 20 percent of each paid NEVER a Victim admission to various women’s groups in southern Colorado.

Besides her scheduled seminars, Rivera-Black is available for private groups and domestic violence/self-defense speaking engagements. For more information about participating in or scheduling a NEVER a Victim seminar, e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

More information on Doris-Rivera-Black:

Doris Rivera-Black has more than eight years experience in jail security, patrol, parole and teaching. She has 70 hours of SWAT training, was only the third female graduate of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team academy and taught defensive tactics, (Krav Maga, Pressure Point Controlled Tactics and Controlled Force), to Sheriff’s Office recruits.

She was also a Colorado Department of Corrections community parole officer and is a fluent Spanish speaker who taught basic Spanish to fellow law enforcement officers. Doris lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and three children.