Southland Corp. looks to buy Chateau Suites |

Southland Corp. looks to buy Chateau Suites

The parent company of 7-Eleven Food Stores is looking to buy the Chateau Suites on Lake Tahoe Boulevard from the motel owner who turned himself in this week to authorities to serve jail time on a money laundering conviction.

Southland Corporation has entered escrow on Scott MacDonald’s property with plans to expand, the Dallas-based convenience store giant’s Real Estate Manager Tom Greenland confirmed Thursday.

A franchise store is located next door to the motel, and the corporation would like to rebuild a larger gasoline station and store modeled after the larger Chevron filling stations across a 44,000-square-foot lot, Greenland added.

He declined to indicate the selling price of the property.

“We’re hoping it goes through,” he said. “It’s our goal. Whether we can do it or not is another thing.”

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Director Juan Palma agreed.

No proposal has been received by the environmental watchdog group yet, and Southland has also not indicated its plans yet to the El Dorado County Planning Department.

It’s still early in the process, Greenland admits, projecting it would take six months to close escrow.

In the meantime, MacDonald – Chateau Suites current owner – anticipates serving time in Nellis Federal Prison following his January sentencing hearing in connection with a motel scam that resulted in a three-year FBI sting.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has listed MacDonald as “in transit.”

Although MacDonald pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering, he contends he was coerced into cooperating with the FBI informant.

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