Skinner property up for sale

Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The former site of a Ford dealership that closed abruptly last year is now on the market.

Kim Marquis / Juneau Empire
Kim Marquis / Juneau Empire

The site of Skinner Sales & Service, which closed to the surprise of employees and customers on Dec. 4, 2009, is being offered for $2.67 million.

First Bank foreclosed on the Juneau property, which went up for auction May 5 with no buyers, bank Area Manager Kurt Mattle said.

The 134,000-square-foot property went on the market late last month.

Rob Skinner closed his three Southeast Alaska dealerships, in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, at the same time. His approximately 50 employees were given less than a day's notice they'd be out of work. He did not speak to media about why he closed the stores.

Skinner and his wife, Kimberly, filed for bankruptcy on Jan. 19. Court records show they had property assets of $970,000 and nearly $1.25 million in liabilities. The couple reportedly moved to Idaho about a year before the dealership closures.

The Juneau property is the largest commercial site in the Mendenhall Valley airport area, according to advertising by The Carlton Smith Company, which is carrying the listing.

The bank is willing to sell the three-plus acres with existing buildings, or the land and buildings could be sold separately, Mattle said.

Skinner sold cars in Alaska for about 12 years, working as a sales manager before owning his own stores. He bought Evergreen Motors from Jim Holmquist in 2007, renaming it Skinner Sales and Service.

He still owns a car dealership in Townsend, Montana, a radio consulting businesses named Radio Muscle in Ketchikan, and a radio advertising business named Western Edge Media in Dickinson, North Dakota, according to court records.

• Contact reporter Kim Marquis at 523-2279 or kim.marquis@

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