A Pawn Star $2 million plaza could soon take over downtown Las Vegas. Rick Harrison, one of the owners of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, wants to build a shopping center near his downtown Las Vegas pawnshop. He knows exactly how he wants it to look too. The reality star has now shared his vision for the downtown Las Vegas location with the city, and it will be reviewed in September. Newser shared the latest on this planned expansion on July 28.
Rick Harrison wants to change the look of downtown Las Vegas. The area is home to the famous Fremont Street Experience, but downtown Las Vegas is not pretty once you get away from the shiny lights of the casinos. Near his pawnshop, he has an out of business tattoo parlor and two bail bonds offices. His planned shopping plaza will take over the property where the tattoo shop rests currently. His next plan is to buy the land where the bail bond's offices sit for another expansion.
Theo Spyer, a general manager at the pawnshop, spoke out about Harrison's plans and vision for the development. He said the following:
"We have always tried to improve our customer experience while waiting in line. Now we intend to take it to the next level. We are currently working on a line system that will enable the fans to patronize Pawn Star Plaza without losing their position in line. It was more of the look, flexibility, ease of construction and simplicity of design that created Rick's vision for the space."
The plaza would take on the look of a Rubik's Cube. The center would consist of 22 modular cubes. This will house six restaurants and 16 stores, according to Harrison. He is hoping to start work on the $2 million dollar project by the start of the year. He just needs to have the city's approval. He is not asking for any money for the plaza. He will fund it entirely himself. He said the following about the project, according to Las Vegas Review Journal:
"The city’s always been pretty decent to me. I really want to see this part of town do great."
He also joked that about the safety of the structure by saying that if a nuclear war ever came to Las Vegas, he would go straight to the shopping plaza. Harrison's pawnshop has already helped rejuvenate the downtown area of the city. He purchased the first piece of land there back in 1992 for $250,000. He bought the parking lot parcel in 1994 for another $250,000. The land under the tattoo parlor was purchased for $1.1 million in 2005.
"Pawn Stars" has become a huge hit for The History Channel, and the pawn business is good for Rick Harrison. His shop is currently open 24 hours a day, and it is featured on a second reality series as well. Harrison has big dreams for the area, and he wants to turn things around for downtown Las Vegas. This first shopping plaza could soon be joined by a second, but he first needs to buy the remaining land. If successful, Harrison would take over the 700 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South. Harrison will find out if he has the go ahead for the project this fall.