Northwest Reno Dairy Queen Closing After 15 Years
The Dairy Queen on McCarran and Mae Ann in Northwest Reno is closing its doors at the end of the week. It's been there for the last fifteen years.
The Dairy Queen on McCarran and Mae Ann in Northwest Reno is closing its doors at the end of the week. It's been there for the last fifteen years. Owners Stephen and Kathleen Boeche have been in the Dairy Queen business for decades.
"I've been doing this since I was 16, this was my first job in 1979 at a Dairy Queen in Southern California," said Kathleen. "I met Steve in 1979, we got married in 1980 and went into business in 1990 so we've been doing it for a long time."
Over the years, they've employed more than a thousand people at various locations.
"My wife and I always share the idea we've been a second Mom and Dad to a lot of kids that have come through and we're happy to have been a part of their lives," Stephen said.
Shift Leader Stephanie Gansberg has been here nearly five years.
"This is my first job and I've been here this long because I love it," she said. "It's really fun. I know people always complaining about their first job but I love it here."
So this news was hard to take.
"I almost cried," Gansberg said. "It's really sad. It's bittersweet especially after being here for so long."
It's a decision the owners didn't take lightly.
"I've had some medical issues for the last couple of years and had doctors advise me to reduce the stress load in my life," Stephen said.
"Right now it's the best thing for our family," Kathleen said. "We have two kids, three grandkids and we want to spend more time with them."
This last week is bittersweet.
"I'm feeling a little distraught, I'm feeling blessed, I'm feeling loved and I feel that this is God's plan," Stephen said.
The Boeche's have two other locations - one in Carson City - so the hope is they'll still get to see some of their loyal customers.
"It makes me feel good they appreciate us and we did a great job for the community but it's also bittersweet because where am I going to go to get my DQ," Stephanie said. "Carson City right?"
Their last day of business in the Northwest is July 22nd. Chase Bank will be moving into the location after that.
JPMorgan Chase issued a statement saying: "It's a great period of growth and expansion in the Reno area and we believe it's the right time to increase our presence."