Coronavirus roundup: Hancock business relief measures, Simon mall closures, 5280 note to readers

Studio classes include climbing, yoga and Lagree. (Courtesy M.Thurk Photography)

One fitness studio’s plans to open in RiNo this week were derailed.

Transform Colorado owner Beth Bedingfield made the decision to delay opening her second location at 2636 Walnut St. on Monday, hours before Gov. Jared Polis ordered “large places of gathering” such as gyms to close.

“I had to make the executive decision to postpone our open date until things calm down,” Bedingfield, 35, said by email Monday morning.

Transform Colorado has leased a 3,000-square-foot space from real estate firm Edens, which purchased the building in May 2018.

Transform Colorado will open a second location in RiNo. (Courtesy Transform Colorado)

Bedingfield said she chose to open in RiNo because of the demographics.

“I wanted my demographic somewhere between lower to mid-20s to upper 40s,” she said. “Downtown was a no-brainer for me and then I knew RiNo was an up-and-coming area.”

The new studio will be similar to Transform’s location at 1840 15th St. in LoDo. Classes offered include climbing, yoga and Lagree. However, Bedingfield also will add a juice bar called Wellth.

Wellth will offer organic, cold press juices, coffee, tea, protein shakes and smoothies. Everything will be vegan, Bedingfield added.

“This has been two years of my life in research and development. I’ve created every recipe myself from scratch,” she said. “What I really am trying to do is create a place where it’s all one-stop shop to take care of your health. … People can come in, order what they want and it’ll be ready for them when they come out of their workout.”

Bedingfield opened the first Transform Colorado location in February 2017. Prior to the studio, she lived in Los Angeles for eight years and worked as a trainer for Kate Hudson, Calvin Harris and Julia Stiles.

Other local coronavirus-related business impacts:

Hancock announcement: Denver’s mayor on Thursday announced economic relief for businesses hurt by the coronavirus, according to The Denver Post.

Malls: Mall operator Simon Property Group has closed all of its U.S. retail properties until March 29. Locally, that includes Colorado Mills in Lakewood, Denver Premium Outlets in Thornton and Denver West Village in Lakewood.

Media: Magazine 5280 has posted a note to readers on its website: “The April issue of 5280 went to press before COVID-19 became the biggest story in recent memory, and some of that edition of the magazine will feel out of step with the times. We wish that weren’t the case, but such are the realities of a monthly print publication schedule.”

Ski resorts: Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday extended the closure of ski resorts through April 6.

Retail: Nurture, a food-hall-like “wellness marketplace,” has delayed its planned opening at 2949 Federal Blvd. in the Highlands, which was slated for Monday. No new date has been set. The approximately 22,000-square-foot facility will house more than 50 businesses, including Hydrate IV Bar, Center Strength, Glow Body, and Sun and Rhythm Revolution.

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