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Turning Old Buildings Into New Businesses in Downtown Reno

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It looks like more development in downtown Reno is on the way. Some buildings downtown are getting a facelift. “Well, not only has Reno supported us, it's made us be able to open even more restaurants. It's made more restaurants around us, come on and be busy and be happy and also join into the fray if you will,” said Mark Estee.

Local business owners say they're planning to expand by fixing up and moving into some of the old buildings. There's going to be a new marketplace put in called Reno Provisions and it's just the beginning of many more stores to come.

Mark Estee wears many hats in the downtown area -- as a top chef at Campo Reno and Heritage Restaurant. His latest task has been to create Reno Provisions. “What people can expect is a market, cafe, cooking demo areas, retail spot on the first floor here,” Estee.

Channel 2 News got a tour of the old JC Penney building on First and Sierra Streets, which is now being renovated to put in the new market.

It's going to be 16,000 square feet, plus, a downstairs.

“The basement, we're putting in a 12,000 square-foot butcher stop, bake shop, production facility,” said Estee. The timing is good as the economy improves. Mark says Reno Provisions will help compliment other restaurants in the area by working with them as well as local farmers.

“We'd be able to get more local products into the hands of more local chefs,” said Estee. Jamy Kashmiri is also developing the old Woolworths building into a new bowling alley, sports bar and grill, with an opening slated for October. It's all part of a big push to revitalize the downtown area.

Residents we talked to are thrilled. “I think it'd be kind of cool you know? The more people that we can bring downtown, the better for the economy obviously,” said Sue Hopfensitz. “It enriches the community, it helps create opportunities for young people,” said Ariel Castro.

All this is just one ingredient in the recipe to make a healthy economy. “So jobs, ranchers, local economy,” said Estee.

Reno Provisions is set to open November 1st and will employ around 60 people. They also plan to create space inside the market for additional retailers.
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