No sale yet for Dolly Parton's Dixie ...

No sale yet for Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede property

There are 70 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 12, 2008, titled No sale yet for Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede property. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Dolly Parton addresses the media during the Grand Opening of Dixie Stampede in June 2003.

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Truth be told

Orlando, FL

#1 Nov 12, 2008
What a Shame that employees had to be Laid-off suddenly for a pursuit of Blind Greed that didn't even exist. One would know the difference between one "Looking at the Property" as opposed to one already Buying the property. They could have keep the operation going for at least another year, contributed to the Economy, kept some Employees working and Happy, and entertained some of the people with Good-Old-Fashioned entertainment......But Greed Blinded them ALL.
GRW

Miami Beach, FL

#2 Nov 12, 2008
They have one there.Are they really looking for another property.I think not.
denhunter

Clermont, FL

#3 Nov 12, 2008
what nonsense. The place was losing money, and catered to the lowest end of the tourist trade, who are the first NOT to travel.And once Cooter and Moline had seen the horses running in a circle, what next? Why see it twice?
Local schools were all solicited to come and sing for them, so they could put bodies in the seats. It was dead months before it closed.
margaritanlime

Denver, CO

#4 Nov 12, 2008
"Meanwhile, Dixie Stampede continues to search for another location in Central Florida for a dinner theater, Owens said."

Uhh.....how bout the one that sits empty?
beach bum

United States

#5 Nov 12, 2008
They should destroy the building and build an high end strip club as the new pleasure island,where there are no rules.Or build a flea market $10.00 a space $5.00 on tuesday.
Del

Ocala, FL

#6 Nov 12, 2008
margaritanlime wrote:
"Meanwhile, Dixie Stampede continues to search for another location in Central Florida for a dinner theater, Owens said."
Uhh.....how bout the one that sits empty?
Big Oooops! Hadn't sold after all.

Ditto to the above comment.
I think the company is just too embarrassed to move back into the building that they so quickly vacated.
Sevenstringer

Jacksonville, FL

#7 Nov 12, 2008
margaritanlime wrote:
"Meanwhile, Dixie Stampede continues to search for another location in Central Florida for a dinner theater, Owens said."
That's about as true as the "we have an offer we can't pass up" line. Why do these idiots think everyone will buy their lies???

Since: Mar 07

Orlando, FL

#9 Nov 12, 2008
They don't want to admit that the location sucks until after they sell it.
A Floridian

Kissimmee, FL

#10 Nov 12, 2008
Why look for another place for a dinner theater when they this one sitting empty???? Makes no sense to me. I think they jumped the gun, and counted their chickens before they hatched---they should have never shut down to begin with.
Interested Observer

Boston, MA

#11 Nov 12, 2008
beach bum wrote:
They should destroy the building and build an high end strip club as the new pleasure island,where there are no rules.Or build a flea market $10.00 a space $5.00 on tuesday.
I like the idea of a big ol' indoor cheap flea market! Serve coffee and Hostess donuts at the refreshment bar; great place to sell cheap stuff! especially on rainy days.
James Hawk III

United States

#12 Nov 12, 2008
@Blind Greed - oh, please. Are you telling me you wouldn't accept an offer on your house that was three times what it was worth? Businesses are bought and sold every day. It's the nature of the deal.

I imagine that over time, the owners realized that as high-profile as the building was, it was extremely difficult to access. I wouldn't blame them for looking for a new location--especially if that location wasn't at the end of a mile-plus-long two-lane access road.

That they jumped the gun on the sale is pretty dismal, leading me to go along with the others that speculate that they were looking for an out.

As far as the jobs go, well, yes, that wasn't great, but wouldn't tourist-industry workers realize that business is fickle? There are no guarantees, ever. I know people tend to be risk-averse these days, but honestly, how naive could they have been?
Non Interested Observer

Melbourne, FL

#13 Nov 12, 2008
Ah yes, the good ole stampede.. I have such fond memories of not wanting to go there when it was open..
FL Mom

Orlando, FL

#14 Nov 12, 2008
Something doesn't make sense. The sale fell thru yet they are 1) still trying to sell the property but have no buyer 2) want to re-open somewhere else.

Why dont they just reopen in the property they already have instead of spending additional funds buying or leasing a new property which probably would not be nearly as good
huh

Cocoa, FL

#15 Nov 12, 2008
There's something they are obviously not sharing with everyone. It makes no sense that they would vacate so quickly if they had a buyer (they obviously didn't), and it makes no sense that they are still looking for another location in Central Florida. I mean come on, they are in the heart of tourist town with that building...they are just covering for the fact that they were losing money.
The Clock is Ticking

Ellicott City, MD

#17 Nov 12, 2008
Truth be told wrote:
What a Shame that employees had to be Laid-off suddenly for a pursuit of Blind Greed that didn't even exist. One would know the difference between one "Looking at the Property" as opposed to one already Buying the property. They could have keep the operation going for at least another year, contributed to the Economy, kept some Employees working and Happy, and entertained some of the people with Good-Old-Fashioned entertainment......But Greed Blinded them ALL.
Hollywood is not exempt..in fact the greed magnifies.
doug

Apopka, FL

#18 Nov 12, 2008
Truth be told wrote:
What a Shame that employees had to be Laid-off suddenly for a pursuit of Blind Greed that didn't even exist. One would know the difference between one "Looking at the Property" as opposed to one already Buying the property. They could have keep the operation going for at least another year, contributed to the Economy, kept some Employees working and Happy, and entertained some of the people with Good-Old-Fashioned entertainment......But Greed Blinded them ALL.
you would have thought they had the check in there hands the way just cut everyone loose shameful Dolly Parton should be ashamed to have anything to do with them. A good reason to seek employment outside the tourism biz.
jcp real

AOL

#19 Nov 12, 2008
There must be more to this, The operation was great, infact taking all into consideration price ,quality and personel it was one of the best in Orlando. Its ashame that this happend I was there many,many times. Dolly do it again an outstanding operation
doug

Apopka, FL

#20 Nov 12, 2008
James Hawk III wrote:
@Blind Greed - oh, please. Are you telling me you wouldn't accept an offer on your house that was three times what it was worth? Businesses are bought and sold every day. It's the nature of the deal.
I imagine that over time, the owners realized that as high-profile as the building was, it was extremely difficult to access. I wouldn't blame them for looking for a new location--especially if that location wasn't at the end of a mile-plus-long two-lane access road.
That they jumped the gun on the sale is pretty dismal, leading me to go along with the others that speculate that they were looking for an out.
As far as the jobs go, well, yes, that wasn't great, but wouldn't tourist-industry workers realize that business is fickle? There are no guarantees, ever. I know people tend to be risk-averse these days, but honestly, how naive could they have been?
i sure as heck would not shut down a profitable biz until i had the contract signed and a check in hand.
PrimeTime

Orlando, FL

#21 Nov 12, 2008
Just because they have a building in Orlando already doesn't mean that they shouldn't be looking elsewhere to re-open.

I'm thinking Ocala or Bithlo. Surely there's a high school gym they could rent out on the weekends.
George

Satellite Beach, FL

#22 Nov 12, 2008
For anyone that never visited Dixie you saved money. The shows were the same as any other horse attractions in the area and the food was horrible.

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