SPOKANE, Wash. -- The owner of a local nursery says it will close its doors because of a conflict with the City of Spokane.
Stanek’s Nursery set up shop 99 years ago at 2929 E. 27th Ave.
Owner Tim Stanek says the store will close on Jan. 15 because of a lease issue with the city regarding the parking lot.
In a statement to his customers, Stanek writes:
It is bittersweet that I inform you of my decision to close Stanek’s Inc., my family’s ninety-nine year old Garden Center business. Our last day of business, as I can forecast now, shall be January 15, 2013. All inventory and store displays will be liquidated.
My decision is based upon a lease conflict with the Spokane Parks Department regarding a section of property east of my business that is used for our main parking area. I have rejected their lease terms.
On behalf of my Grandfather, my dad Frank Sr. and mother Helen, my brother Frank Jr. and his wife Charm, brothers Larry, Steve, Joe, my wife Jean, along with our tremendous loyal staff, we all thank you, our customers, for the patronage and support you have given to this small, community based, business.
A spokesperson for the City of Spokane says they have been working with the Staneks for several months to come up with a lease agreement for the section of property the business uses but does not own.
Marlene Feist said the Staneks made an agreement with the City several decades ago that allowed them to use the Spokane Park’s Department property for free; in return, the family agreed to maintain a retaining wall and landscaping on the piece of property in question.
The Staneks approached the City earlier this year asking for clear rights to the land so they could sell the business. Feist said the City cannot sell City Park land without a vote of the people. In August, the City came to the Staneks with a lease offer, which they declined, Feist said. She added the Staneks’ informed the City their planned closure date was January 15, 2013.