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Offer accepted on Selma's Ice Cream Parlour

An offer has been accepted on Selma's Ice Cream Parlour. The expected closing date is Dec. 1.

Come this spring, Afton could once again be the spot for ice cream.

An offer has been accepted on Selma's Ice Cream Parlour, said Ronn Thomas, vice president of brokerage for NorthMarq Real Estate Services.

Thomas said he could not comment on who the buyer is, or what the offer is, but he said the buyer is a local individual. The expected closing date is Dec. 1.

The asking price was $299,000. Selma's Ice Cream Parlour has been on the market since the winter of 2011.

The shop has sat vacant since the winter of 2009.

Selma's Ice Cream Parlour eventually went into foreclosure when owner Chet Kurtz filed for bankruptcy, and was bought by CorTrust Bank at a sheriff's sale for $746,612. CorTrust Bank, based in Mitchell, S.D., has a branch in Woodbury.

The property, roughly 3,000 square feet, includes the restaurant, the adjacent office building and a patio area with fish ponds.

Also included in the sale are tables, chairs, patio furniture, all existing coolers and parlor equipment including the existing inventory, kitchen equipment, stereo system, signs and paving stones.

Thomas previously said the intent was to sell the property to be operated as an ice cream parlor maintaining the Selma's name.

Selma's has been a staple in Afton since the 1930s when Selma and Eddie Holberg opened its doors for business.

Since Selma's Ice Cream Parlour served its first scoop it has become a tradition for many.

The business has transferred hands over the years after the Holbergs sold the restaurant in the 1950s.

Laine McGee bought the restaurant in 1980 and owned it until 2007 when she sold it to local businessman Joe Farrington. That same year the business was sold to Kurtz who added a Panino's sandwiches to the space.

Several Afton business owners said they are excited to see Selma's Ice Cream Parlour open this spring.

"It'll be a huge boost for next summer," said Afton Leather owner Jim Kaempfer. "They were a big time anchor."

Dave Jarvis, who owns Current and Swirl Wine Bar, said it will be great to have ice cream back - especially now that Afton Bean has closed down.

"People are going to be glad it's back," he said. "You hate to see an institution like that ever be dormant.

"We were very hopeful that Selma's was going to reopen, so it looks like the wish came true."

Both Jarvis and Kaempfer said they hope the new owner will maintain the small town feel of Selma's and maintain the same ice cream vendor.

Jarvis and Kaempfer said Selma's reopening is only going to add to already thriving and growing downtown.

"Afton is turning the corner," Kaempfer said.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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