The old Fred Meyer building in Palmer will not become an indoor shooting range.

The president of U-Haul of Alaska announced Thursday the company was under contract to take over the vacant store at 650 S. Cobb Street near downtown.

In a written statement, John Norris said the facility would offer truck and trailer sharing, indoor storage, moving supplies and professional hitch installation.

Norris said the climate-controlled storage units would be “the first of their kind in Alaska.”

“We are working closely with city officials and our neighbors in Palmer to make this a reality,” Norris said, adding they hope to close on the property in about one month.

On Tuesday night the Palmer City Council took hours of public testimony from people after Valkyrie Security announced plans to turn the building into a potential indoor gun range.

The city council voted 5-2 to approve a noise permit for Valkyrie, but councilors noted there was a slim chance at that time they believed the company would be the one to purchase the Fred Meyer building.

Norris said U-Haul plans to open the Palmer location in June.

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