Alpaca Imports at 1603 Boulder City Parkway has closed.
According to several people who spoke with owner Kevin Devine, the closure was expected and a direct result of Interstate 11 opening.
“He works on sheer numbers and the writing was on the wall with him,” said Jill Rowland-Lagan, CEO of the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce.
She said that through the Economic Vitality Commission she, City Manager Al Noyola and several council members had met about a month ago with Devine, who told them he was negotiating for another location with more traffic.
“He was concerned about it (I-11) before the impact even hit,” said Councilwoman Peggy Leavitt, who was part of the group that met with Devine. “He made it very clear to us in the Economic Vitality Commission meetings that his business was dependent on volume in traffic.”
Rowland-Lagan and Leavitt expressed their sadness at seeing the business close, especially since Devine was a good ambassador for Boulder City and helped direct visitors to other businesses in town.
Devine could not be reached for comment.
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