Mountain Village businesses unfazed by PCMR lawsuit
March 16, 2012
Some of the hundreds of employees working at the Mountain Village near the base of Park City Mountain Resort agreed: the lawsuit between PCMR and Talisker Land Holdings, LLC will be resolved by next ski season. And that sentiment, a nonchalant things-will-work-out attitude, comes from the restaurants, ski shops, bars and souvenir stores catering to PCMR customers.
"No one cares because no one has paid any consequences yet," said Jeff Jacobs, manager at the Corner Store Pub and Grill, "and everyone is pretty sure it will be worked out."
The resort filed a lawsuit against Talisker last Friday, claiming that Talisker broke an agreement that allows PCMR to operate on Talisker land because they believe a lease agreement had expired. If the suit does not work, PCMR has said it may be forced to close if it loses the case.
Despite potentially facing a closed resort, businesses remain largely unfazed.
"I think this is more a show of strength on Talisker’s part," said Melissa Wilkinson, owner of Park City Coffee Hut. "Closing PCMR, it’s never going to happen, just like snowboarding at Deer Valley."
Businesses at the base of PCMR were not told about the filing. Many employees in the area finding out on Facebook or through friends. Wilkinson was one who happened to be online when the news popped up. And so was Louie Brackeen, a ski technician for Rennstall Inc. who has been a PCMR skier since he moved to Park City 10 years ago.
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"My wife told me and immediately I made a phone call to confirm it," he said.
"I remember thinking this is huge business," Brackeen added. "This is an empire, and there’s no way this city will let this resort shut down. This is the number one family ski resort in the country right now."
Whether or not the conversation stretches much farther, Brackeen said talks between businesses about the lawsuit have been limited, saved largely for at-home discussions with friends.
"I’ve talked about it with a few people, but everyone is saying the resort is too big a deal to let go," Brackeen said. "There’s a lot of stuff we don’t know that’s just now starting to come out."
In Cole Sport, opinions were not far off from what Brackeen was saying.
"At this point, I think there’s some posturing going on," said Scott Dudevoir, manager of Cole Sport. " I hope PCMR retains control of the land they are on."