BY FREDA MIKLIN
Shortly after 4:30 in the afternoon on Sunday, September 5, all shoppers and employees were told to immediately leave the store and the parking lot of the Greenwood Village King Soopers at East Orchard Road and South Holly Street. Store managers did not provide any explanation.
A press release from Greenwood Village Police Department at 8:00 p.m. that evening said that, “On September 5, 2021, The Greenwood Village Police Department was notified of graffiti at Castlewood Park in the City of Greenwood Village, that stated, “Boulder strong is about to be Denver strong”. As part of the investigation, the local King Soopers management at 6000 S. Holly Street was notified of the graffiti, and they elected to close the location on their own. The police department is not aware of a threat to any King Soopers location, nor have any suspects been identified, however additional police presence will be provided to both Greenwood Village locations.”
Castlewood Park is located at 5601 E. Orchard Drive on Holly between Belleview Avenue and Orchard Road. The other Greenwood Village King Soopers store is in the shopping center in the northeast corner of Belleview Avenue and Yosemite Street.
We visited the King Soopers at 6000 S. Holly Street on Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Other than a private security guard looking over customers as they entered the store, there was nothing unusual. No further information has been released.