Still empty, but not for long? We’ll see

30 Apr

Empty storefronts are like an ice hockey smile: You don’t see the teeth; you see the gaps.

People keep asking me, “Is there anybody going into … (insert name of empty space).”

So I asked. The answer? Yes, perhaps and not yet.

North Cheatham has no takers yet for the Paris Fair Building.

Stephen Ford of Current Commercial is guardedly optimistic he’ll have tenants in two prominent spaces under his leasing management — one next to Rosauers in the Hood River Shopping Center on the Heights, and the other in the Franz Hardware Building at 2nd and Oak downtown — what many now refer to as the Discover Bicycles store. He’s hoping to have deals firmed up next week.

And I think I mentioned that Tom Wood says he’s close on a tenant for the former Plush store.

Which leaves Doug’s. Store manager Lori Duffy has been trying to negotiate a deal to buy the store from Doug Campbell, Mark Mason and Stephanie Warren. She tells me today that she’s been working with CenterPointe Bank on loan details, and is optimistic. And a realist.

Originally, the owners had planned to shut Doug’s down in October if a buyer couldn’t be found. Duffy says that plan has changed. Whether she buys it or not, Campbell plans to keep Doug’s open. He would buy out his partners and move ahead as sole owner.

Duffy says the partners are two years into a 10-year lease, so closing down wouldn’t negate that obligation. Best choice? Keep’r going. In which case, Duffy says, she would stay on as manager.

“No matter what, Doug’s is here to stay,” she says.

That’s the best news of all. We didn’t need that corner with an ice hockey smile.

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