Barbershop staple plans to move from Arvada Square

Barbershop staple plans to move as Arvada Square development is under way

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Retro Barbers, 9435 Ralston Road., is prepping to make its final cut in the Arvada Square.

“I’ve spent my whole life here,” said Ron Linhardt, former owner and employee at Retro Barbers, “Change is a necessary part of life, but you don’t have to like it.”

In 2016 the traditional cut and shave, friendly barbershop, which has been located in the Arvada Square since 1958, will close their doors at the Square and open the doors to a new location, and a new chapter in the future of the business.

”It’s not just taking care of the barbers, it’s about taking care of your customers,” Dave Leasure, owner of Retro Barbers said. “It’s personal, people stay here through several generations, and we don’t want to lose the shop or our customers.”

While still in the early stages of possible development, the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority hopes to incorporate 100,000 square feet of commercial space at the site, retaining as many businesses as possible in the new development. The potential commercial space will include retail and office space, 310 apartments and live/work rowhouses, and have 819 parking spaces between a garage, lot and on-street parking.

“The shopping center has been an area in decline,” Maureen Phair, executive director at AURA said. ”Urban Renewal has been working for 11 years to see if we can find a way to redevelop this area, and between the developer on the South Side (Wal-Mart) and the new park, it makes sense to work on the north side.”

Demolition is set to begin spring of this year with the demolition of the former Safeway at 9517 Ralston Road., and Leasure and the barbers at Retro Barbers have begun looking into new locations for the shop. If unable to relocate in the triangle area, they hope to open a second location at 52nd and Kipling, during this interim period, keeping the tradition of a manly barbershop while maintaining their original shop at the Square through the end of their lease in 2016.

“The original owners wanted to bring urban qualities to the suburban area, bring a high quality barber shop to the area,” Leasure said. “This is a place that has become more than a barbershop — we’re going to keep everything traditional.”

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