Sun-Telegraph Building Sold
Newspaper Remains at 12th Avenue Location, Music Store Expanding
February 24, 2021 | View PDF
The building at the corner of 12th Avenue and Illinois Street has a history dating almost a century in Sidney. The building has been the location of the latest Dodge automobiles, flags and aprons, home-cooked lunch and breakfast and the latest news. Soon the list will include servicing music lovers.
The building at the corner of 12th Avenue and Illinois Street has been sold to Chris Dyson, owner of Aliens and Strangers Music Store in Sidney.
Dyson and owner Gary Stevenson closed on the sale Wednesday, Feb. 17.
“We are happy that we found someone who can more efficiently use the space and we are happy we are able to remain in the building,” Stevenson said. “We wish Chris and Aliens and Strangers all the best.”
The Sun-Telegraph and Grandma Jo's are expected to stay in the building with the Sun-Telegraph retaining the office space with the entrance on 12th Avenue.
Dyson has been operating the Aliens and Strangers Music Store in Sidney for about six years. He moved the business from Chappell.
Dyson's plan is to renovate the building and use it for his company's shipping and warehouse location. He said the company's online sales has surpassed expectations. A warehouse is needed to keep pace with projections.
The pandemic continues to be a challenge for businesses. However, Dyson said he was able to do what other didn't His online business jumped from averaging 10 to 15 orders per day to more than 50. Ebay sales jumped 100 to 200 percent, he said.
“We've had a great outpouring of local support too,” he said.
He said he is constantly surprised by the amount of local business considering there isn't a big musical population in Cheyenne County. Local business accounts for 15 to 20 percent
The building at 12th Avenue and Illinois Street will be the warehouse and distribution center for online order fulfillment. He expects to staff the warehouse with 10 new employees.
“My intention is to make it a good place to work,” Dyson said.