Staples eyeing a ‘Y’ location |

Staples eyeing a ‘Y’ location

by Sally J. Taylor

South Lake Tahoe could have a Staples office supply store constructed as early as next year.

Developer Gary Midkiff of Midkiff & Associates confirmed on Thursday that representatives of Staples were in town this week to discuss the construction of a store.

“We’re in negotiations with a property down near the ‘Y,'” Midkiff said following a lengthy meeting with the representatives from the chain headquartered in Framingham, Mass. “We haven’t signed the lease.”

Plans are still preliminary, he said. The earliest that construction could begin would be May 1, 2000.

Midkiff would not say which of several “Y”-area lots was being discussed.

One possibility is a lot sold last year by the California Department of Transportation to Falcon Capital, LLC. It’s not the only empty lot in the area, but Midkiff has worked with Falcon Capital on other developments.

The city planning office had not received anything official but city planner Gary Marcio said he was aware that Staples was looking at a couple sites.

Staples is not the first chain to consider opening a store in South Lake Tahoe, Marcio said. Most drop plans upon hearing about the building limitations and the need to buy commercial square footage and tear down other buildings.

Staples, so far, has been willing to work within the restrictions in the Tahoe Basin.

“We’re in the process of acquiring commercial floor area and putting together a package,” Midkiff said.

The proposed Staples would not be a traditional Staples store except for the sign, Midkiff said, but would conform to city and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency configurations.

“We’re still looking at site layout and details.”

A Staples store could help fill a gap created in recent years with the closure of three locally owned office supply stores. Ironically, the demise of the small stores has largely been attributed to competition with major chains and the lower prices they offer.

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