Where the growth is: InterQuest is one of Colorado Springs’ hottest commercial areas

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Ringed by neighborhoods such as Flying Horse, Briargate and Northgate, the area east of InterQuest Parkway and Interstate 25 on Colorado Springs’ far north side — with InterQuest and Voyager parkways as its epicenter — has evolved into one of the city’s busiest commercial hubs. And it’s still growing.

Over the next several years, the InterQuest area will welcome Ent Credit Union’s new headquarters, which eventually will employ more than 1,000 people; a third Penrose-St. Francis hospital with upward of 200 beds; and a Scheels All Sports outdoor apparel and equipment store expected to draw shoppers from well beyond the Springs.

Then there’s In-N-Out Burger, the uber-popular California chain that’s expanding to Colorado. In-N-Out plans to build a patty production plant and distribution center that will open next year east of InterQuest and Voyager parkways to serve its Colorado restaurants. And In-N-Out’s first location will open at the corner of InterQuest and Voyager in late 2020.

"When you have four or five major announcements, like Penrose-St. Francis and the new Ent campus, Scheels All Sports going across the street, which is a huge anchor, In-N-Out Burger, not only opening a store, but doing the distribution plant, which will add additional employment, all those factors, now people are really paying attention to that area," said Mark Useman of Colorado Springs Commercial.

For decades, Colorado Springs has grown to the north and northeast. Retail follows rooftops, as the industry saying goes, and dozens of businesses have flocked to the area to serve thousands of single-family homes and apartments that are a short drive away.

• Land. As humorist Will Rogers famously said, "they ain’t making any more of the stuff." Large, undeveloped parcels are available in the InterQuest area, making it attractive for retailers, hotel groups and office and multi-family developers, said Patrick Kerscher, a broker with the local office of national real estate firm CBRE and who’s marketing Victory Ridge.

WHAT’S THERE NOW: RESTAURANTS, RETAILERS, HOTELS, SERVICE-ORIENTED BUSINESSES, MAJOR EMPLOYERS AND KEY INSTITUTIONS

5. Standalone and multi-tenant buildings along InterQuest Parkway in the InterQuest Marketplace shopping center, whose tenants and users include Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Colorado Mountain Brewery, Starbucks, Bank of Colorado, Kum & Go, Ent Credit Union, Jersey Mike’s, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Zoup! and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.

WHAT’S COMING: PLANNED, PROPOSED AND UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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