Plaza 50 Remodel

Among the oldest supermarket buildings in town is the old Warehouse Market/Scolari’s/Sak N Save building on Highway 50. Part of the Plaza 50 shopping center, this building was a supermarket from the 1970s up until 2010, when its last incarnation closed. Ever since then it has remained shuttered. I did a Ghosts of Carson article on it a couple of years ago.

So it was a nice surprise a while back to see a chain link fence go up around the building, getting ready for some major construction.

A sign said “99¢ Only Store Coming Soon”. It was unclear where the store was going exactly, but once construction started word came out that it was taking over part of the old Scolari’s building.

Heavy equipment was brought in and starting tearing down the front wall and roof.

It’s not a complete teardown of the old Scolari’s, but it is a significant reduction in square footage. The supermarket used to jut out into the parking lot from the rest of the shopping center. That whole front section has been demolished. Now the building is flush with the rest of the center. Presumably more work is coming to build a whole new facade for the 99¢ store. This remodel actually frees up a lot more parking in front of the store. Not that parking ever was a problem in this shopping center, but if the new store brings in a lot of customers, it will be good to have extra parking right out front.

6 comments

  1. dont forget all the businesses that are here are all still open during construction. the restaurants, vacuum and tv repair, bead store, florist, barber shop. come in and visit us! wed love to see you!

  2. Definitely a lot of memories of this shopping center. I worked maintenance when I was younger and cleaned up the entire perimeter twice a week. Fun times.
    I’d be curious if anyone has photos of the neighboring shopping center — the one they tore down to make way for the freeway. I remember shopping at the Lucky supermarket when I was very little. Honey Treat Yogurt was there, too. They also had another location in the Meadowwood Mall in Reno.
    Also shopped at Long’s, and there was a post office, too. And the restaurant on the corner was the Golden Omelet, I think?

  3. Definitely a lot of memories of this shopping center. I worked maintenance when I was younger and cleaned up the entire perimeter twice a week. Fun times.
    I’d be curious if anyone has photos of the neighboring shopping center — the one they tore down to make way for the freeway. I remember shopping at the Lucky supermarket when I was very little. Honey Treat Yogurt was there, too. They also had another location in the Meadowwood Mall in Reno.
    Also shopped at Long’s, and there was a post office, too. And the restaurant on the corner was the Golden Omelet, I think? Panda Kitchen also was originally in this shopping center, before moving to its current location in Plaza 50.

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