February 1, 1998

Table Mountain site emerges as possible location for Nike

The top of South Table Mountain near Golden is the only location in Colorado that has

been confirmed as a potential site for Nike Inc., which plans to build an office and manufacturing

campus somewhere in the West, state economic officials say.

John Dill, director of economic development for the state of Colorado, said the South

Table Mountain site is the only location he could confirm that Nike is considering in Colorado.

Nike also has looked at the Denver-Boulder corridor, including a 1,000 acre site that includes the Interlocken Business Park in Broomfield and land near the Jefferson County airport, as an expansion site. Garrett Braun, Interlocken general manager, could only tell The Business Report that the site is still under consideration.

Nike officials could not be reached for comment.

Nike has been looking at sites in five Western states and Vancouver, British Columbia, for a complex that could accommodate up to 10,000 employees. The new Nike facility could be as big as 5.5 million square feet.

“We think that Colorado remains at the top of their list,” Dill said. However, he noted that there have been no formal or informal negotiations about the South Table Mountain location.

“It presents some unique opportunities and challenges,” Dill said. Development would

depend on traffic issues and infrastructure, he said.

Nike would bring a high-quality presence to the site, he said, noting the company’s

renowned world-class campus at its Beaverton, Ore., headquarters. “It’s a model of beauty. It’s a

spectacular place,” Dill said.

In early January, it was disclosed that Nike was considering locating its new campus on the west side of South Table Mountain, which is primarily owned by the Coors Brewing Co., Golden Equities, and the wife of Golden lawyer Leo Bradley.

The state of Colorado owns most of the east side of the mountain and part of it is leased to the Department of Energy for National Renewable Energy Lab research.

Golden City Councilman Bill McKee said the city of Golden became aware at its Jan. 8

meeting that Nike was considering South Table Mesa Mountain.

“The only reason we’re even involved is because we’re the nearest municipality so that

water and sewer services and roads could be provided,” he said.

The mountain is part of Jefferson County and would have to be annexed by Golden for the city to provide utility service.

Other property owners could not be reached for comment.

The top of South Table Mountain near Golden is the only location in Colorado that has

been confirmed as a potential site for Nike Inc., which plans to build an office and manufacturing

campus somewhere in the West, state economic officials say.

John Dill, director of economic development for the state of Colorado, said the South

Table Mountain site is the only location he could confirm that Nike is considering in Colorado.

Nike also has looked at the Denver-Boulder corridor, including a 1,000 acre site that includes the Interlocken Business…

Christopher Wood
Christopher Wood is editor and publisher of BizWest, a regional business journal covering Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld counties. Wood co-founded the Northern Colorado Business Report in 1995 and served as publisher of the Boulder County Business Report until the two publications were merged to form BizWest in 2014. From 1990 to 1995, Wood served as reporter and managing editor of the Denver Business Journal. He is a Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. He has won numerous awards from the Colorado Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists and the Alliance of Area Business Publishers.
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