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Restaurant space undergoing site development

<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Morales Construction workers have been making chnges to the property formerly known as Su Mesa Mexican Restaurant for over a month. Improvements include expanded, paved parking and a covered rooftop patio.</p>

Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Morales Construction workers have been making chnges to the property formerly known as Su Mesa Mexican Restaurant for over a month. Improvements include expanded, paved parking and a covered rooftop patio.

<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Phil Harbach has opened a thrift store at 2050 N. Highway 160 recently. The store&rsquo;s inventory is based &ldquo;more on needs than wants&rdquo; according to the owner.</p>

Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Phil Harbach has opened a thrift store at 2050 N. Highway 160 recently. The store’s inventory is based “more on needs than wants” according to the owner.

The restaurant space located at 1560 E. Calvada Blvd., has changed hands again and improvements to the property are underway.

Formerly Su Mesa Mexican Restaurant, the property has been purchased twice over the past three years and suffered fire damage twice in the past seven years.

Current owners Alma and Jose Hernandez, also owners of El Jefe Mexican Restaurant at Wheeler Springs Plaza, have begun site development work but have no projected time of opening a business there.

The building is not scheduled for expansion according to a spokesperson for Morales Construction, which is contracting the site development. The owner says the parking lot is scheduled for expansion and paving and there will be a covered patio on the roof. A walkway will be added to the west side.

The restaurant currently seats 34 and with development fees for planning, planning review, in-house engineering to draw the plans, civil engineering review of the plans and Utilities Inc. review, each of those seats will have to bring the owners a $350 return at $6 per plate to cover them.

Those figures don’t include the construction contract or overhead for food costs. It also doesn’t reflect the cost of the two adjoining lots purchased by the Hernandezes to accommodate the new parking spaces. Lots in that area are only 25 feet wide and 100 feet deep.

Thrift store opens north

A new thrift store has opened on the north end of town to better serve the community which lacks services there.

Glory Mountain Thrift has been in business since June 1 at 2050 N. Highway 160, Suite 300, in the strip of shops behind LJ Market at Mesquite Avenue.

Owner Paul Harbach said the shop stocks “more needs than wants.”

“We have furniture like sofas, tables, dining room furniture, household goods, kitchen items like dishes, silverware, glasses and such. We have bed linens and towels for the bathroom.”

He said the store is doing well. “I thought with this being the slow time of year, I would have to come up with cash out of pocket, but I haven’t. This store has been blessed.”

Harbach has been in Pahrump since 2002 and spent 10 years working in the gaming industry before deciding it was time to change directions.

“I could no longer accept what the gaming industry is becoming. I needed to get out of it.”

Harbach is a Christian and said he depends on God for a lot of things. “There isn’t anything we do that we don’t pray about first,” he said.

Harbach said although he will take donations, the store is not a nonprofit. “I want to reiterate — we are a for profit business, but you can be sure the church gets 10 percent.”

Harbach said he has relatives here who have been in the thrift store business and he learned a lot from observing and listening.

He said he spent six months prior to opening Glory Mountain Thrift making contacts and setting up resources for inventory.

The goods mostly come from liquidation sales and returns. Harbach said he stocks both new and used items.

Call 775-727-8900 for additional information. Harbach said callers must dial the 775 area code in order for his “Magic Jack” to work.