KEARNEY – An AT&T sign has been installed at 3901 Second Ave. Thursday, ending the mystery of which business would occupy the vacant building at one of Kearney’s busiest intersections.
On Friday, a team from the Sign Center continued its work installing signs on the AT&T site.
Liberty Cleaners had occupied the building for many years. This same building housed a long-running family restaurant, The Cellar. This restaurant closed in January 2020 after 40 years of operation.
It is unclear when the AT&T outlet will open. The Hub was unable to contact a public relations representative for the company at AT&T headquarters in Dallas. An attempt to reach the AT&T outlet on Grand Island also failed. The number had not been configured for voicemail.
An AT&T spokesperson could not be contacted, but the manager of nearby Chasing Clouds vape store Mike Luetkenhaus said he thought the AT&T outlet would likely open soon.
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Duncan Theis Construction Inc. of Kearney has been working on the site for several months.
The property’s owner, Weisco Properties of Kearney, did not respond to questions from the Hub about its plans for the former Liberty Cleaners and Cellar building.
Remodeling continued today inside the AT&T portion of the building and on the lower level where The Cellar had done business.
A building permit that Duncan Theis filed at Kearney Town Hall estimated the cost of the renovation at $325,000.
According to the Buffalo County Assessor’s Office, the tax value of the property at 3901 Second Ave. is $886,665.