The Boulder Map Gallery is charting a new course.
This week, the seller of maps, globes and atlases is leaving its home of 26 years at 1708 13th St. and hauling its arsenal of 20,000 maps to the Table Mesa Shopping Center in south Boulder.
Boulder Map Gallery has leased 607 S. Broadway, Suite F, a 1,849-square-foot space that sits beneath Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins. The space, east of King Soopers, formerly was occupied by One Hour Photo Express.
As a result of the move, Boulder Map Gallery will gain nearly 500 square feet, which will allow the business to bring its large-format laminating operations -- now based at 1955 33rd St. -- under the same roof, said Patrik DeCicco, who has owned the map shop since 1997.
Gains in efficiency aside, the impetus for the relocation was related to DeCicco's customer base.
"My customers complained about the parking situation due to the Farmers' Market and a lack of parking (in downtown Boulder)," he said. "We're more of a destination spot. ... For someone to run in and buy a $10 map and leave with a $15 ticket, it tends to leave a bitter taste in their mouth."
The bulk of the move is scheduled to occur at close of business Thursday.
Come Friday, Boulder Map Gallery will be conducting business at its Table Mesa location.
DeCicco said he hopes the new spot will bring additional visibility to his business, which took a slight hit in recent years because of gains in digital applications but still maintains a loyal following because of its larger-format offerings.
"We fill a little niche that digital can't fill," he said.
Nate Litsey and Chad Henry, of Table Mesa Shopping Center property owner W.W. Reynolds, brokered the transaction.
The shopping center off Broadway and Table Mesa Drive is fully occupied, said Britt Augustine, a W.W. Reynolds spokeswoman.