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Maverik opening brings changes to Minden’s entryway

Kurt HildebrandThe Maverik balloon soars over Gardnerville on Wednesday morning a few hours before the opening of the Minden gas station.

The opening of the new Maverik meant a lot of things to different people on Wednesday.

For a half-dozen people who were unemployed, it meant jobs.

For the Holiday Inn Express, it meant a new entrance.

And for Carson Valley, the addition will mean landscaping a desolate reminder of the economic collapse that turned it from a lifestyle center to a weed patch.

More than 70 people turned up to watch the ribbon cutting on the gas station located across Highway 88 from Douglas High School.

Minden Town Manager Jenifer Davidson said a $40,000 donation to the town that accompanied the opening will help match highway funds slated to landscape the area along the edges of what was once the Minden Gateway Center.

“We’re waiting on the release of money from NDOT,” she said. “Once that happens we’ll have a groundbreaking later this spring and take the fence down.”

Douglas County Employment Training/Job Development Coordinator Denise Castle said Maverik worked with her office to find employees for the new store.

She said the store hired about a half-dozen people who were participating in the program.

Holiday Inn Express General Manager Debra Lang said she was happy to have a finally have an entrance.

The address for the hotel is on Highway 88, often confusing guests who were trying to locate it.

“People would go up and down on Highway 88 to try and get to the hotel before they would call and ask how they got to us.”

Maverik Big Snow Region Executive Director Bob Child said the store bakes fresh goods every day.

Billed as a lifestyle center featuring a grocery store, restaurant, pharmacy and retail space, the 13-acre Minden Gateway project was approved for 195,000 square feet of commercial floor space in 2007.

Besides the Holiday Inn Express, underground utilities and parking were the only things completed before the center filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

Maverik Inc. purchased 11 acres of land for nearly $3 million on Dec. 30, 2011.

The Wyoming-based Maverik owns and operates hundreds of stores across the country.

The site is also expected to be home to a tractor supply store. Tractor Supply Co. received approval from the Minden Town Board in December.