Courtesy Dusty Henson, Owner EP Saddleblanket Compnay
El Paso Saddleblanket Company, the iconic El Paso shopping attraction, is set to close its doors to the public on July 31st to return to its wholesale only roots, but the building at 6926 Gateway East directly across from Cielo Vista mall may have already found a new owner.
Billionaire real estate tycoon and Republican Presidential candidate is in talks to buy the four acre property and move in as soon as August.
“Trump obviously likes to go big, and our four acre property here in the middle of El Paso, one of the fastest growing cities in the Southwest, is right up his alley,â€ said El Paso Saddleblanket owner Dusty Henson, “there is no real estate with this kind of traffic count and visibility anywhere in the Southwest United States. Trump is a savvy real estate guy if there ever was one, so I think he and his team just immediately saw the opportunity and are looking to jump on it.â€
The 2016 presidential race is already heating up around the country and all the candidates have beenlooking to line up regional headquartersâ€™ sites to coordinate their campaigns. While it seems like the huge Saddleblanket building and land is a more than your average campaign headquarters office space, Trump has never been one to do anything small.
Local El Paso realtors speculate that The Trump Organization has plans to demolish the existing building and build a Trump Tower Hotel after the presidential campaign has run its course.
“Sure, with such a great piece of property he canâ€™t lose and knows it, ” said Henson, “and where else could he put in a Trump Tower that overlooks three states and two countries on one of busiest interstate highways in the America?â€