Mesa County’s population on the rise, brings wave of franchise businesses


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Mesa County’s population size currently sits at about 153,207. Five years from now, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs projects that the population will increase by 46 percent.

There’s especially been an uptick in growth in the last three years, and going into the new year– The Grand Junction Economic Partnership is unusually busy.

Normaly it slows down over the holidays, and we kind of wade into the new year slowly– but this year, it has not slowed down at all.

Robin Brown, GJEP

With all this population growth comes something relatively new for the valley– franchises.

Franchises look for certain metrics, and when they meet those metrics, they move into a market.

Robin Brown, GJEP

Mesa County now has enough people, 150,000+, which is the magic number for metro areas to expand with franchise businesses, according to the Bussiness Incubator.

This rush of franchises is already visible– Grand Junction gained a franchise pizza restaurant about two weeks ago called Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza.

Other franchises looking to move here soon include Big Blue Swim School, Home Clean Heroes, and Property Management Inc.

When we asked Big Blue Swim School and Property Management Inc. “why Grand Junction”– they both highlighted area growth.

More good news, the future of local businesses is also promising.

Growth we are seeing is not just limited to franchises, we are seeing local businesses expand– especially with manufacturing.

Robin Brown, GJEP

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