Liquor store not invited to join new Ski Run center |

Liquor store not invited to join new Ski Run center

Sara Thompson
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily TribuneWilly Wilia, owner of Lake Tahoe Liquor, holds a petition signed by customers to keep the store in the Ski Run Shopping Center.

Lake Tahoe Liquors isn’t moving to the new Ski Run Shopping Center, but it’s not by choice.

The store wasn’t offered a lease, said store co-owner Willy Wilia.

Bill Edwards, president of Gersick Enterprises, which owns the Ski Run Shopping Center, confirmed Lake Tahoe Liquors was not offered a lease at the new center.

Edwards declined to comment further.

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“Legally, we can’t do anything,” Wilia said, adding the community would have to lobby Gersick Enterprises to include the store in the new center. Wilia’s friend, Leslie Davis, began a petition drive Monday to gather signatures urging Gersick to offer the store a lease. So far, she has gathered more than 100 signatures, she said.

Customer Peter Manista isn’t happy the store’s closing.

“I work two jobs on Ski Run, so I pick something up here every day,” Manista said.

Wilia acknowledged that since the liquor store’s lease is up at its current location, Gersick isn’t legally obligated to offer the store a new lease.

All businesses must be out of the current center by April 1 before the building is demolished. The new Ski Run Shopping Center is scheduled to open June 15. It’s between the current shopping center at Ski Run Boulevard and Highway 50, and Chevy’s Fresh Mex Restaurant.

Wilia said he doesn’t understand why his store is not being allowed to move over. He said they’ve paid rent on time and kept their store clean.

“I don’t know how to approach this,” Wilia said. “I don’t know what we’re doing wrong.”

Co-owner Jagrup Singh, Wilia’s father, said he spent his life savings to buy the store 1 1/2 years ago and doesn’t know how his family will survive without it.

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