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Hill says Coborn's sale close

City manager Blaine Hill said the sale of the Coborn's grocery store building on Minnesota Highway 28 appears to be close. File photo/Sun Tribune.

Morris City Manager Blaine Hill told the Morris City Council Feb. 14 it appears the sale of the Coborn's property in Morris is near completion.

"We think it's getting ready to close," Hill said.

The former Coborn's supermarket closed in 2009. The building and property are owned by HolidayStationstores. The supermarket operated from 1996 to 2009.

Although the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission had been working to help sell the building for the past several years, Hill said the SCEIC and the city were not involved the apparent upcoming sale.

"This is strictly a deal between the a private developer and Holiday," Hill said.

The city learned about the possible sale when several companies asked about building permits and sign requirements, Hill said.

In his Feb. 10 city manager report, Hill said the developer was working to bring national chain stores into the building.