The owner of the Parks in the Pines General Store in Parks, Arizona, citing the need to move to a lower elevation, has put the historic Route 66 business up for sale for $349,000.
The store was placed on the BizBuySell.com site via da Vinci Realty. Here’s part of the description:
Located just west of Flagstaff in the community of Parks on Old Route 66 where the sounds of the city are a close but distant memory, and the warm smiles of your neighbors and the sounds of the rustling pine needles are your daily reality. Situated on just over a half acre, and comprising roughly 1400 sf of improvements, this real-estate-owned store is literally a one-stop shop for locals and visitors alike. With retail sales consistently averaging an annual gross revenue of over $420,000, including a built-out delicious deli and Post Annex franchise service, the Parks in the Pines has definitely carved its niche as the destination stop in the area.
Owner has made considerable upgrades since taking over the property, and the interior features a large walk-in beer cave, Post Annex PO box system for all mailing needs, and newer kitchen equipment including pizza capability. With its location off of I-40, and potential for capturing even more of the market share, this is the ideal scenario for someone to run a successful business while simultaneously enjoying the serene rural way of life. Contact listing agent for financials and related documents.
According to its website, the store was built in 1906. According to a 2013 article in the Williams News:
Some Parks residents remember when the entrance to the store was in what is now the rear of the building or when there was a meat counter in the back of the store. They also remember the store’s days as a post office.
“I think the store’s always been a place, especially when the mail box was here, that neighbors just met neighbors,” said Ira Kilbourne.
Residents also remember when the general store used to have two payphones in front.
“That’s where we used to have to come to make any kind of telephone calls or anything,” Kilbourne said. […]
In the 1920s, Harold Longfellow and Harold Cameron established a tourist stop with a filling station and grocery store, according to information from “Mountain Town – Flagstaff’s First Century” by Platt Cline.
The store eventually became the Parks General Store. The store still has the original flooring and stove today.
The real-estate listing doesn’t mention the owner, but county property records list it as Cary Asel.
The store sits on about a half-acre and is 1,391 square feet. It claims only one other competitor in the area, and it doesn’t offer food service as Parks in the Pines does.
The asking price is listed as “negotiable.”
(Image of Parks in the Pines General Store in Parks, Arizona, via BizBuySell.com)