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PLATTSMOUTH – Local residents celebrated the birth of a new restaurant in Plattsmouth Thursday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony along Highway 75.

City and county officials welcomed Runza to Plattsmouth during the 15-minute event. The groundbreaking took place next to Casey’s General Store on Bestmann Drive off of Highway 75 and Oak Hill Road.

Cass County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jennifer Serkiz told the audience she was thrilled to have Runza establish a location in Plattsmouth. She said many residents throughout the area had worked for more than a year to turn the project into reality.

“Economic development doesn’t happen without a town of people willing to make it happen,” Serkiz said. “I want to thank everyone who was involved with this.”

Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert said he was pleased with the collaboration between local officials and Plattsmouth Runza franchise partners Trevor Rutten and Scott Frederickson. Lambert said area residents could feel proud that Rutten and Frederickson chose to build the new store in Plattsmouth instead of other locations.

“This is another positive step in the economic development of our community,” Lambert said. “It’s an important step that we are making for our citizens. It also shows people the potential of our town for economic investment. Make no mistake, this is a major investment, and they chose to put those monies in Plattsmouth.”

Plattsmouth Community Development Agency members approved a redevelopment contract with Staznur, LLC, earlier this spring for the Runza project. The contract states Staznur, LLC, intends to create a taxable real estate property valuation of at least $1,011,000 no later than Jan. 1, 2019.

Contractors have already torn down a building that was previously located on the property. They have also started preliminary dirtwork at the site. Rutten said project officials are hoping to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restaurant in either September or October.

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