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Wa She Shu Travel Plaza opens

by Aurora Sain
The Wa-She-Shu Travel Plaza holds a grand opening Friday in south Gardnerville.
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The Washoe Tribe had the grand opening for the Wa She Shu Travel Plaza on Friday, complete with 25-cent corndogs and giveaways.

The tribe opened the travel plaza in conjunction with the Poarch Creek Indians of Alabama, and will have the casino portion open Memorial Day weekend.

“This is a big step for the tribe,” said Director of Operations and Business Development at Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, Greg Weyland. “This is the biggest project we’ve done so far.”

A few hundred people stopped by throughout the day to partake in the festivities including Sen. James Settelmeyer, commissioners Doug Johnson and Barry Penzel and Assemblyman Jim Wheeler.

The travel plaza features fresh food, gas and anything someone driving by might need.

“We expect quite a bit of traffic,” said Weyland.

They did traffic studies before deciding on the location and found that a lot of travelers pass through the area and didn’t have a one-stop shop for all their needs.

One important aspect they looked at was location, and Weyland said he was satisfied they are at 1001 Highway 395 South

Weyland also said that they are semi- and trailer-friendly, which is not easy to find in the Valley.

“It’s on tribal land, which is very important,” said Weyland.

The travel plaza employs 25 people and will be open 24/7.