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New Owner to Return Resort to Its Former Glory

August 1, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

After nearly 30 years in the casino industry, Don Wells was thinking last April about retirement. His dream was to buy a house on a lake where he and his wife, Julie, could relax.

“My dream was to have a house on a lake somewhere, with our own dock and a small boat,” Wells told the News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.

The couple is now living that dream, having bought Harts Lake Resort and Deli near Roy, Wash.

“It’s more than we originally thought we would do, with the restaurant, a five-bedroom house, the campers and all,” he said.

Wells knows the lake well. He remembers fishing there with his father and uncles, memories going back to 1959.

Never, however, did he think he would end up owning the place.

Wells said he started talking with the previous owners, Carol and Charlie Parsons, back in April. The couple had owned the small resort for 12 years before selling it in 2011. They took back the operation a year ago when the owners defaulted on the deal.

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