All American Travel to leave Prairie Hills Mall
All American Travel will be the latest business to exit Prairie Hills Mall when its lease is up at the end of the month.
After 33 years of doing business out of the mall, All American Travel's last day there will be May 31.
Craig Steve, owner/manager of All American Travel for the last 19 years, said the mall's new owners, Great Plains Clinic Medical Enterprises LLC, would not agree to renew or even extend his lease by
"I'm not sure why they decided not to renew our lease," he said. "I didn't ask."
Great Plains Clinic Medical Enterprises LLC declined Tuesday to comment on its plans for the mall or on Steve's lease.
Instead, The Dickinson Press was referred to Peggy O'Brien, manager at Prairie Hills Mall.
Repeated attempts were made to contact O'Brien, but she could not be reached.
With his lease officially not renewed, Steve is eager to open All American Travels at its new location at North Park Plaza, located on the corner of 15th Street and State Avenue in Dickinson. The opening is scheduled for July 1.
"Because our lease ends at the end of May and the new owners said they would not negotiate a lease extension with us, we'll be at a temporary location at Queen City Abstract through June until we can get in at our new location in July," he said.
All American Travel, a retail travel agency with a seven-member staff, has been well-served at its Prairie Hills Mall location for more than three decades, Steve said.
"We've had 33 good years here and the business has been good," he said. "But I'm really excited about our move because the new location will be ideal for the retail exposure it will provide us. It's a little bit small where we're at now and this new location will allow us to look at the possibility of adding to the
Steve added that he does not know what plans the new owners of Prairie Hills Mall have for the mall, but would like to see the mall to benefit the whole community.
"I just hope that whatever their plans are for the mall that it is positive for the community, whether it is a retail or healthcare business," he said. "We need both retail and healthcare industries in Dickinson to be boost and improve the economy here."