Several businesses along Victorian Square have closed their doors and gone dark. With the recent announcement that the Silver Club is going out of business it might seem that business is bad in sparks, but things aren't always what they seem.
While it's true that the Silver Club has fallen on hard times brought about by the increasingly strained gaming industry many of these smaller businesses are just experiencing the growing pains of redevelopment. Assistant City Manager, Randy Mellinger says some of the changes you'll see downtown are actually the result of a redevelopment plan that has been in the works since the 1970's.
That includes purchasing space from current business owners to make way for condos, city buildings and centralized retail space He says the city is still moving ahead with a restructuring plan approved in 2005 but because of the current economic crunch, the timeline may be extended.
Meanwhile, some business owners who are riding out the economic storm say Victorian Square is still a good place to be. Justin Quinton, of Cantina Los Tres Hombres, says the restaurant has done well this year. He sees this as time of great opportunity for his business and his neighbors. And he's not alone. According to Randy Mellinger, the City of Sparks is getting more and more inquiries from California based businesses looking to relocate in hopes of reducing their tax burden. And that of course is good news for an increasing number of Northern Nevadans looking for work.