When opening a new business, the old adage goes “location, location, location.” Oregon land owner Mark Benson believes he has the location; he’s even willing to give the property away for free. He’s just being picky about the business: It has to be a brewpub.
Benson has gained media attention in the city of Sandy, Oregon, after posting a giant sign on a property he owns that reads: “FREE LAND for BREWPUB.” The businessman originally purchased the high-traffic location to open a car dealership, but when that prospect fell through, he decided to try to give away the land—which he says has been appraised for about $2 million—to anyone willing to start brewery there. Plus, they need to have food, you know, for when he gets hungry.
“I'm looking at a convergence of economic development, tourism and jobs,” Benson told Oregon Live about his vision for the project. “Plus, quality beer. The ideal combination, right?”