By Rich Laden  March 8, 2023, Updated March 28, 2023

A new King Soopers grocery will anchor a 21-acre shopping center to be developed in Fountain, which the city’s leaders and the project’s developer say will provide more shopping and dining options for the fast-growing, but retail-starved Fountain Valley area south of Colorado Springs.

The store will be built southeast of Mesa Ridge Parkway and Syracuse Street on a site to be developed by Evergreen Devco, a real estate company with offices in Denver, Phoenix, California and Utah. The company, which has several existing residential, retail and commercial projects in the Colorado Springs area,…