Marketplace opens in Reno's historic post office

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Downtown Reno's historic post office is buzzing with new life.

The art deco building closed in 2012, but it reopened Monday with a marketplace modeled off similar concepts in New York and San Francisco. "The Basement" includes 14 local businesses in the gritty lower level of the former U.S. Post office.

Lead designer Brianna Bullentini says industrial, underground marketplace is meant to recall a speakeasy.

Reno developer Bernie Carter has signed a letter of intent to lease the building's grand ground floor to a national retail chain. Part of the letter includes a nondisclosure agreement preventing Carter from naming the company.

It would be the first major retailer to come to the city in 30 years.

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