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Maverik gas station expected to open after the new year

by Scott Neuffer

Developers of a Maverik gas station and convenience store in the former Minden Gateway Center are hoping to break ground in the next 30-45 days.

“Our plans are with the county right now,” Don Lilyquist, permits manager for the Salt Lake City-based company, said Wednesday. “We’re hoping to receive comments back next week, and as soon as we get some positive comments back and the building permit, we’ll be under construction. We want to get the asphalt down before the weather turns too cold.”

Following a 120-day building schedule, Lilyquist expects the 4,620-square-foot store, cooler area and gas pumps to be completed and opened shortly after the new year.

“We just hope it’s a good fit for the community,” he said. “We’ve been very welcomed in Northern Nevada in the areas we’ve gone. People like the product we offer, and we hope Minden and Gardnerville will like it as well.”

The future of the remaining parcels in the Minden Gateway Center is less clear. Originally approved in 2007, the center entailed nearly 200,000 square feet of commercial space with plans for an anchor grocery store, pharmacy, restaurant, and retail and office complexes.

But Minden Gateway Center, LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009, leaving the property vacant and weed-choked, and some of the infrastructure unfinished at the north entrance to Minden.

In December 2011, Maverik Inc. paid nearly $3 million for the remaining six parcels, totaling 10.99 acres.

Lilyquist said Century 21 Clark Properties in Minden is marketing the parcels.

“We don’t have a firm commitment yet from additional tenants, but we do have a lot of interest,” he said. “Nothing is definite; no one has signed on the dotted line yet.”

Lilyquist said it’s not unusual for Maverik to purchase large pieces of property for their projects.

“Often time we’ll purchase larger parcels, and subdivide and sell off the remainder,” he said.

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