The previous owner of the SA, a 51-year-old man named Husein Sarameh, agreed to sell his business to as-of-yet-unidentified person or group of people last month for $945,000. The buyers wrote a $203,000 check to cover the down payment and Sarameh, following his lawyer’s advice, turned over the reins to the store before it had even cleared. And that’s where things got weird.
Last weekend, the new owners held quite the two-day sale. As KSTP reports, they sold gas for $3.85 a gallon — a ridiculous (and illegally low) price compared to the $4.29 average cost of a gallon elsewhere in Waconia — and sold nearly everything in the store for half-price. Fifty-thousand dollars later they took off and they still haven’t been arrested.
After the down payment check bounced and Sarameh realized he’d been scammed, he reassumed ownership of the SA. More gas discounts are planned for this weekend, though this time the more modest discounts will be legitimate.
Needless to say, the last couple weekends have been good ones for regular customers at the Waconia SA.
via City Pages
It’s a sad day for Waconia. Our beloved Pizza Ranch is no longer. Well sort of.
The Pizza Ranches in Waconia, Norwood Young America, Glencoe, Delano have all changed to Unhinged Pizza.
Unhinged Pizza has the same owners, managers, and employees so not a lot is changing. They have a new name and have added some new food like ice cream!
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It seems that the owners broke away from the Pizza Ranch franchise and went out on their own. Or that’s what I understand.
From what I’ve heard, the food is just as good as it was and all your favorites are still there.
Locations are all still the same too, it’s just got a different name. Change is scary, but this shouldn’t be to much of a change for us Pizza Ranch lovers.
Waconia welcomes Ground Round! The new restaurant is a nice addition to the city as we have a lack of good sit down restaurants Besides bars and fast food, there aren’t a lot of other choices. Ground Round is a nice alternative.
Ground Round began construction on July 11, 2012 in Waconia. The new restaurant is 4,812 square feet and features a sports bar, lounge and dining room. They will officially open at 4pm on Monday January 28th, 2013.
It’s a good place to take the buddies, the kids or even get food for take out.
520 Cherry Drive
Waconia, Minnesota 55387
Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
If you’re a fan of Duebers, then I’d suggest you visit again soon. The store has no official plans to close soon, but it could.
The building Duebers is in is for sale. When the building sells, Duebers will more than likely go out of business.
Now selling a building in this economy isn’t easy. It could be months or years before that happens. Either way, when it does, it’ll be a sad day for downtown Waconia.
We reported a while back that a Verizon store opened in town. Turns out it was quickly re-brand to Two Men Wireless which sells Verizon phones.
Now, Verizon has officially opened a store across from Kwik Trip.
That’s great news for Verizon customers!
Starting October 6th, scarecrows will be invading Waconia.
The 5th annual scarecrow contest will partner ideas from the community with business to create fun and interesting scarecrows. They will then be placed around town for everyone to enjoy.
The contest officially goes from October 6 to the 9th, but most scarecrows will probably be up through Halloween.
Yesterday the word was Champps, today it’s Ground Round.
I don’t know if they switched restaurants, or if we are getting both, but I have been able to confirm that the city has approved the sight plans for Ground Round over by the AmericInn.
No idea when construction would start or when it’d open.
I heard a rumor, from a very credible source, that Champps is looking to build a sports bar in Waconia.
The location would be over by the AmericInn.
I haven’t been able to confirm this, but my source is pretty reliable.
Hopefully it’s true!
Located on the corner of highway 7 and 25 is Dimler’s pumpkin patch.
They have hundreds of pumpkins that you can choose from.
Shop the already picked pumpkins and pay by the pound, or pick your own and pay $4 a pumpkin or 3 for $11.
If you pick your own, you can choose any pumpkin, any size, any shape as long as it’s still on the vine. And the selection is massive!
They also have other fall decorations like gourds, corn, and mini-pumpkins.
It’s fun and picking your own pumpkins is a great family activity!
More info on Dilmer Farms.
Guest Post from Jeff Kahnke
Kahnke Brothers Tree Farm
Wholesale – Trees, Shrubs & Perennials
We are a 116-acre MN nursery specializing in trees, shrubs and perennials. We are located between Plato and Glencoe on the north side of Hwy 212 (15 miles west of Waconia). You can see our nursery clearly from the highway.
We grow tons of perennials including: daylilies, grasses, hostas and natives. Our shrub inventory includes vines, fruits, evergreens and roses.
Whether you need pines for privacy or apples for your appetite, we can help. We have both potted and ball and burlap trees.
Open to the Public Every Saturday – 8am – 3pm
Kahnke Brothers Tree Farm
10603 Boone Road, Plato, MN 55370
Phone (320) 238-2572