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'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

By MICHELLE RINDELS

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.

Gold & Silver Pawn Shop co-owner Rick Harrison has drawn up plans for a Pawn Star Plaza shopping center that could boast six restaurants and about 16 small shops. The company's general contractor has submitted the proposal to the city planning department, and a review is expected in September, according to pawn shop general manager Theo Spyer.

"We have always tried to improve our customer experience while waiting in line," Spyer said, pointing to misters, benches and a hot dog stand at the premises. "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."

The plaza, which Harrison estimates would cost $2 million to build, would consist of several colorful, modular units fit together like a Rubik's Cube. Harrison said he was inspired by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's nearby Container Park, which is built out of shipping containers commonly found on trains and barges.

"It was more of the look, flexibility, ease of construction and simplicity of design that created Rick's vision for the space," Spyer said.

The pawn shop, which is open 24 hours a day, is located in a gritty area near bail-bond offices and a now-closed tattoo parlor. Harrison told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he wants to help rejuvenate the area without using city redevelopment funds.

"I really want to see this part of town do great," he said.

But the prospect of profiting off the steady stream of visitors is also driving the project.

"Making money is my third or fourth most favorite thing in the world," Harrison told the newspaper.

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eurocardriver000 July 29 2014 at 2:44 PM

I agree, the show is getting VERY old. It won't last much longer.

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adsautorescue July 29 2014 at 12:42 PM

don't do it ,, The show is very old . people are catching on to this silly reality stuff , you can buy anything you want around that pawn stars shop , crack, ******, meth , anything. you wont fix the area its been bad since the 70s that's why the big boys are at the other end of the strip.. just retire you got plenty of money ...

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Steve adsautorescue July 29 2014 at 2:45 PM

So true. What happens when the ratings start to fall, and Rick is stuck with the headaches of an empty mall?

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z5catman July 29 2014 at 2:13 PM

Maybe a theme park,, Pawnland,,, hehe

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christa July 29 2014 at 9:08 PM

who ever heard of a pawn star where i live they rip off poor people and they are every where you look in town

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sledgeheli July 29 2014 at 10:08 PM

this show flat out sucks.

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Bill July 29 2014 at 11:29 PM

get rid of dumb ass chum! can't stand him and I don't know why they don't fire is butt

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Lettybits July 29 2014 at 11:36 PM

The show sucks. It's as phony as the customers who come walk into the store Now, they want to extend it!?

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