Local Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Baskin-Robbins closes in Valley

JUNEAU - Taco Bell at the Mendenhall Center closed its Baskin-Robbins ice cream franchise Friday.

"There is really no mystery to it," said Dale Martens, president of Denali Foods, which owned the Baskin-Robbins franchise. "We just didn't have any sales."

Denali Foods of Anchorage installed the Baskin-Robbins shop in May 1996, Martens said. "We came close to setting records in the beginning, but it was not supported long term," Martens said.

"It started off huge, like everything else in Juneau in terms of the restaurant business, and then it fizzled," he said. "It's a weird thing, because the demographics are there to support the national concepts. But I think the demographics don't take into account the geographics. Juneau is almost two towns."

Denali Foods owns the Taco Bell franchise for Alaska and has 14 locations in the state. This was the only Baskin-Robbins it operated. "Our franchise agreement was up so we decided not to renew it," Martens said. "We're disappointed."

An earlier Baskin-Robbins operated in the 1980s in what is now the Subway franchise in the Nugget Mall parking lot.

Sewer and water problems being fixed

JUNEAU - The city is paying for the cleanup of Perseverance Theatre's basement, following Sunday's sewage line overflow.

"They're here now, disinfecting," Tom Linklater of the theater said Monday. Several inches of sewage ran into the lower level of the building on Third Street in Douglas.

Linklater said classes were continuing and he was optimistic performances of Tom Stoppard's play, "On the Razzle," would resume Thursday.

The sewage overflow was thought to be caused by a blockage in a line. The cost of the cleanup is unknown, "because every one is different," said city Public Works Director Ernie Mueller. "Sometimes we have had to go in there and Sheetrock and replace carpets."

At the Churchill Trailer Park in Lemon Creek, where about 160 residents had been without water since Sunday due to frozen waterlines, water came back on just before dinner time on Monday, said resident Mike Forrest. "We haven't had this much pressure in a long time," Forrest said.

Compiled from staff reports.

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