It's always exciting when we find out about a new business coming to the capital city. Especially a retailer with a reputable name such as this one coming to the prime strip on Dell Range.

According to the Cheyenne Planning and Development website, there are sight plans for a new Burlington (formerly Burlington Coat Factory) to move in right next to Hobby Lobby at 1840 Dell Range in Cheyenne.

As of May 5th, there were 862 Burlington locations throughout the U.S. There are also several more opening up this year, according to the retailer's website. Despite the fact that Cheyenne is not listed on with those as of yet, the aforementioned plans remain intact through Cheyenne Planning and Development. While there is no listed time table, that could also be as to why it is not listed in the upcoming openings on Burlington's website.

This would be the particular space that Burlington would move into...

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For reference, this is what the Burlington in Johnstown, CO looks like...

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For those that aren't familiar with Burlington, yes, they have coats as they were formally known as Burlington Coat Factory, but they have SO MUCH MORE! Burlington has all kinds of clothing, home decor, furniture gifts, accessories, handbags, and that is barely scratching the surface at this retail store.

While it is great that the plans are in place for this particular retailer to snag a spot on the Dell Range strip in Cheyenne, now we play the waiting game since, as stated previously, no set date for this has been announced as of yet.

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CLASSIC CHEYENNE: The Cole Shopping Center

In December of 2020, Blue Federal Credit Union completed its new headquarters at the corner of Converse and Pershing in Cheyenne. Well, it’s not so much a ‘corner’ as it is the smooth edge of a roundabout, but anyway. Before Blue FCU built its new campus, the site was at one time a premier shopping destination for Cheyenne. From the 1950s through 2016 it was Cheyenne's Cole Shopping Center.

Local businessman Frank Cole bought the land that would become a Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the corner of Converse and Pershing was the edge of town. Starting in 1952, three different Safeway grocery stores called the Cole home over its half-century of existence.  A plethora of other stores served the neighborhood too. From the movie theater to Blockbuster; there was the Cole Department Store, the fabric store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and so much more.

As Cheyenne grew and changed, the Shopping Center fell into decline. Stores closed and new ones didn't take their places. The anchor of the area, Safeway, closed for good in 2016 with much of the rest following. In 2018 the buildings were demolished and the new construction began. 

The Cole was so integral to the neighborhood that when we asked on social media for folks’ memories we were flooded with hundreds of responses. 

Check out many of those memories below, along with several pictures of the Cole Shopping Center, mostly from near the end in the twenty-teens.


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