New owners plan to reopen Minatare business
MINATARE — Harry’s Plaza, long since closed as a Minatare business, will reopen toward the end of 2019. The property is located along Highway 26 northeast of Minatare, outside the city limits.
Minatare Mayor Bob Baldwin said the property has been sold and new owners want to get the business up and running as soon as possible.
Owners Brody and Corrine Skinner had approached city officials about the project last September and spoke to the city council at its October meeting about annexing the property into the city. The purchase was finalized with the Scotts Bluff County Register of Deeds on Nov. 5.
Three buildings are located on the property: a gas station and convenience store, a restaurant and a motel. Annexation would entail connecting the buildings to city utilities, including water and sewer and redrawing the city limit borders.
“I’m from Gordon and used to travel down here a lot in the 1980s and 1990s,” Brody said. “I loved the place and it was always busy. The location is great.”
He said it’s going to be challenge getting the business up and going again because the buildings have been vacant for so long and will require extensive renovation.
Brody said they plan to develop the business in phases starting with opening the gas station and convenience store by late next year. The restaurant and the motel will be reopened as it becomes feasible.
The couple has already signed a contract with Anderson and Shaw Construction to serve as general contractor on the project with M.C. Schaff and Associates as consulting engineers.
“We’ve had meetings with a number of local entities that have expressed an interest in potentially helping,” Brody said. “We’ve also met with a few local banks. Everything looks positive, although it’s still in the very early stages.”
Baldwin said the citizens of Minatare are excited about seeing Harry’s Plaza back in operation after so many years.