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American Legion Post 18 closed for business

After 10 years at its current location on 107 North Main Street in Mitchell, the American Legion Coacher-Goetsch Post 18 has shut its doors for official business and is in the process of relocating.

American Legion Post 18 employee George Cross, top left, and American Legion member Hugh Holmes, center, slowly remove the framed flag of the United States of America down from the south wall as Second Vice Commander Chuck Gibson walks over to help inside the American Legion building on Monday morning in Mitchell. The American Legion closed the restaurant and bar at their current location on Monday, Oct. 22 as the members are searching for a smaller location to move into. (Matt Gade / Republic)
American Legion Post 18 employee George Cross, top left, and American Legion member Hugh Holmes, center, slowly remove the framed flag of the United States of America down from the south wall as Second Vice Commander Chuck Gibson walks over to help inside the American Legion building on Monday morning in Mitchell. The American Legion closed the restaurant and bar at their current location on Monday, Oct. 22 as the members are searching for a smaller location to move into. (Matt Gade / Republic)

After 10 years at its current location on 107 North Main Street in Mitchell, the American Legion Coacher-Goetsch Post 18 has shut its doors for official business and is in the process of relocating.

Board members of American Legion Post 18 held an executive meeting Monday night to discuss the future of the American Legion Post 18 in Mitchell, as well as the sale of the building on Main Street to a tentative buyer, Second Vice Commander Chuck Gibson said.

Should the board move forward with the sale, American Legion officials could soon decide on one of three locations under consideration within Mitchell's city limits. Where the organization will relocate to is not yet known.

Details of possible venues were not available; Post 18 Commander Rich Hofer declined to give The Daily Republic further details on the move.

"This is just a setback and not the end. We just had a lot more building than we could handle and are looking to downsize after being in business for years. We will continue our service to the veteran community," said Gibson, who is in charge of the daily operations at the Post and oversees the bar and restaurant management.

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None of the American Legion's official functions are changing, Gibson confirmed, and the Nov. 12 veteran luncheon is still scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. in the 4-H Building at the Davison County Fairgrounds.

For Membership Chairman Hugh Holmes, the decision to move came as a bit of a shock and he hopes the board finds a suitable new home within 60 days.

"The costs and overhead expenses simply became too much and we are now looking for a smaller building in town. It all happened pretty quick," Holmes said.

The American Legion closed the restaurant and bar at their current location on Monday, Oct. 22 as the members are searching for a smaller location to move into. (Matt Gade / Republic)
The American Legion closed the restaurant and bar at their current location on Monday, Oct. 22 as the members are searching for a smaller location to move into. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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