Struggling Atrium mall changes hands again


Don Vaupel has taken back ownership of the Atrium Shopping Mall and Western Drug.

A deed assigning ownership from Richard and Doris Hanson to Vaupel was notarized Dec. 31. The Hansons had signed an agreement to purchase the property from Vaupel on July 10, 2000.

Vaupel said the transactions involved are not yet complete, and referred all questions to Dick Bohn at the Koefod Agency. Bohn declined to comment, as did the Hansons.

Bill Evans, owner of Evans Optical, said the key to keeping the mall open will be filling more of its vacant spots.

The mall, located in the old Buttrey department st...

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