ELY— Reports of a sale of the former Shopko building in Ely may have been premature. Current building owner Bob McCullough told the Timberjay on Monday that the building is "under contract," but has not yet been sold. McCullough said recent media reports suggesting a sale had been completed were in error.
ELY—It appears a flurry of reports about a sale of the former Shopko building, located on Ely’s Sheridan Street, were premature.
Current building owner Bob McCullough told the Timberjay this week that the building is “under contract,” but has not yet been sold.
McCullough said recent media reports suggesting a sale had been consumated were in error.
At least one other area newspaper had reported that the building would become a new True Value hardware store, but the Timberjay has confirmed that that report was in error. Sales officials for the True Value chain, that serves northeastern Minnesota, told the Timberjay that they were unaware of any such plans for a new store affiliated with True Value.
While the Timberjay was aware of the initial rumor about a possible new hardware store, this newspaper held off reporting the possibility until it could be confirmed.
The reports of the sale appear to have been prompted by the appearance of a large trailer that was recently parked outside the store. It now appears that the truck was not there to deliver any merchandise or materials, but to pick up shelving that a Perham business owner purchased from the former store.
If and when a final sale of the building is completed, the Timberjay will provide an updated report.