Grocery Outlet and Bealls Department Store and a third tenant could fill the spot left by the former Scolari’s Grocery Store.
Douglas County Manager Steve Mokrohisky said both stores submitted plans to the county for design review. The third tenant has not been identified, but would take around 7,500 feet of the former grocery store.
Grocery Outlet Vice President for Real Estate Phil Coyle confirmed that the store would take up to 22,000 square feet of the building.
“We have a signed lease with Gabrielson & Co. to take up a big chunk of that store,” Coyle said.
He said Carson Valley residents have contacted the company encouraging them to come down.
“We’ve had a demand over the years from residents in Minden and Gardnerville, but haven’t had a lot of vacancies there,” he said. “With the closing of another Scolari’s, it seemed like a good opportunity to meet the demand. We’ll serve our customers there who have been driving further and pick up a lot of new customers.”
Coyle said Grocery Outlet took over when the Lemmon Valley Scolari’s closed.
“We had a really good experience,” he said. “We did a complete remodel of that store inside and out, and we plan to do a repeat performance in Gardnerville.”
Coyle said he hoped to be in the store by June 2014, but there was a lot of work to do.
“The landlord is going to come in with a plan to do a facelift to split the space,” he said. “There’s going to be room for another quality retailer in there. We’re going to do a beautiful job like we did in Lemmon Valley.”
Coyle said both Grocery Outlet and the landlord will be spending a substantial amount of money to upgrade the space.
“Our new stores are quite attractive, and we’re there for the long haul,” he said. “Everything will be brand new.”
Grocery Outlet owns 200 stores each of which is managed by an owner-operator.
“That owner-operator may come from the community,” he said. “Whoever’s in charge will be immersed in the community. We want people to know that the store is locally owned and operated.”
Bealls is a operated by Stage Stores headquartered in Texas, according to their Web site. The company also operates Goody’s, Peebles, Palais Royal, and Stage stores. The average store size is 18,350 square feet.
Scolari’s closed on Nov. 29 after 22 years in Gardnerville.
The 47,950 square foot building would be split between the three stores.