Songbird building sells for $210k
Published: Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Paul and Carol Niemann attended the April 17 auction of the former Songbird Cafe building out of curiosity. They left as its new owners.
“We didn’t go there to buy it,” Paul said. “I was mildly interested in the beer cooler.”
Once the bidding started and Paul realized what he could get the building for, however, he bid once, which turned out to be the winning bid. The Niemanns ended up paying $210,000 for the building, while also paying some for the equipment inside the building.
“I was as dumbfounded as everybody else at the facility was,” Paul said of the purchase. “I’ve done dumber things...for a lot more money.”
The Niemanns, of Custer, purchased the building, most recently occupied by Kernel Kuster’s Popcorn, at an absolute auction conducted by Bradeen Real Estate.
The 3,360-square-foot building was auctioned off by John and Joy Mills, Mills Development Corp. of Brookings, after being off the real estate market for a year or more. In 2009, the building was listed for sale for $509,000.
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