The West End Plaza in Flandreau has been purchased by First Savings Bank.
West End Plaza, LLC was formed 17 years ago, with a vision to take an area that had become aged and turn it into a developed retail space that was aesthetically pleasing as an entrance to the community. The property had been the former location of the West Inn Cafe and Motel.
The Cafe operated for decades and was a beloved local gathering spot. It had been home to many other businesses as well but after being vacated, the property was bought by the investors of West End Plaza who saw the property as an investment in the future of the community. The group consists of local business owners and area residents (Mike and Jackie Skroch, Brad and Brenda Oswald, Jim and Susan Jepsen, Bill and Angie Nibbelink, Kinner’s, Ramsdell’s, Loiseau’s, Ed and Nancy Buck, Allison Hamilton, Ed Duncan and Don Duncan).
“We’ve been blessed to be a part of helping Flandreau and this whole thing, over the years, has been interesting for us,” said Jim Jepsen. “It was initially a little out of our comfort zone but we feel the plaza may have helped some other stores locate here, and we got to hang out with a few people that we don’t typically get to do things with. It was fun to be partners with them.”
The Bank moved to the strip mall in 2018, offering a new drive-up window and ATM for customers. The changes, along with no more stairs to navigate, have meant increased foot traffic into the new location.
Chris Wagner, Market President at Flandreau First Savings Bank, said that at this point, there are no plans to change anything at the plaza. The bank simply wanted to show the community that it plans to grow and be an active member of the community long-term.
“It’s a big investment for the bank but we’re excited about it — we’re excited to be investing in Flandreau for a long time to come,” said Wagner. “We’re fortunate to be there and to be in Flandreau.”
Currently, one office space remains available for lease. The sale of the property was final on September 30, 2021.