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Two office supply stores plan to come to South Lake Tahoe

From famine to feast – or maybe even gluttony.

A dearth of office supply shops at South Shore could break next year. Both Staples and Office Depot have plans to start construction May 1, 2000 of stores in South Lake Tahoe. Both have agreements to build at the “Y.”

Staples is ready to begin the approval process for a 23,942 square foot building next to Blockbuster Video, according to Jason Hawkins of Hawkins Smith from Boise, Idaho, developer for the Staples store.



Office Depot also took a look at that lot, which formerly belonged to the California Department of Transportation, and then crossed the street. It plans to construct a 18,000 square foot store where the Lakeside 4 Theater now stands, according Office Depot developer Rob Simons of the Boise, Idaho-based Kivelstadt Group.

With the opening today of the Horizon Stadium Theater, the Lakeside theater is slated for demolition.




“There’s quite a bit of work to do there (for Staples). We’ve got all of our approvals in place from the Office Depot Corporation. We have floor area and cover for our site,” Simons said.

“We anticipate making applications to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the city of South Lake Tahoe for approval next week.”

They may have to take a number at the city planning and TRPA offices. Staples also expects to show up next week.

According to Hawkins, Staples looked at the theater-site but considered the Caltrans site is superior.

“We have the luxury of a (full-sized) prototype store,” he said.

The Caltrans site also places the store on the main street through town, Lake Tahoe Boulevard, as opposed to Emerald Bay Road.

“Despite Office Depot’s interest, we’re ready to move full speed ahead,” Staples’ Hawkins said.

So is Office Depot.

According to City Planner Gary Marchio, it’s possible both could be constructed.

“People assume the planning department has a say in how much use (of one type of store) we can have,” Marchio said. “We don’t really have a say.

“As the planning department, we check zoning to see if it’s appropriate use. We can’t say if there’s too many T-shirt shops, for instance. That’s up to the market to determine.”

That’s not to say both companies have a smooth road ahead to approval. According to Marchio, both construction sites have issues to overcome. However, unless one company backs out, South Shore residents could have a lot more choices in computer supplies, notebooks and desks.


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