Golden Skate World’s owners watched for 15 years as kids grew up skating and playing basketball, hockey and other sports at their Spotsylvania County facility.

Now Patricia and John Slater have decided to retire.

“It’s a very hard thing,” Patricia Slater said. “I’ve seen so many kids grow up over the past 15 years. I have some work for me, and some bring their kids here. It’s very sad.”

Golden Skate World, at 12220 Five Mile Road, got its start as Slapshotz in 2001. The Slaters later rented the building to Golden Skate World for two years, and kept the name when they took the business back over.

They will continue operating as usual until closing day, Oct. 2.

A going-out-of-business indoor yard sale will be held Oct. 8.

Patricia Slater said that there are other skating rinks in Stafford, Culpeper and Ashland; but they’re “nothing like Golden Skate World.”

The Slaters have sold the building to Ziff Properties, which owns and operates shopping centers in the southeastern United States. It has teamed up with Reliant Real Estate Management to acquire and redevelop the 48,000-square-foot commercial building as a Class A climate and non-climate controlled self storage facility. The 118,000-square-feet property will have 1,072 units and also provide space for RV and boat parking.

Lewis Pollock is co-owner of Reliant, a self-storage development and property-management firm that has helped Ziff repurpose some of the buildings it has bought.

“One of their specialties is breathing new life into old,” Pollock said of Ziff. “We’ve done 18 or 19 of these types of things. We’ve done skating rinks and supermarkets and made them look really nice. That’s our specialty.”

Another change will come to that area when a Lidl opens next door to the Golden Skate World building. The grocery chain does not have an opening date for that yet, said Lidl spokesman Will Harwood.

The Golden Skate World facility isn’t Ziff Properties’ only recent purchase in Spotsylvania. It has also bought The Shops at Salem Fields for $4.575 million from Schooler Properties of Salem Fields LLC. The 44,900-square-foot-shopping center is located at 7128 Salem Fields Blvd., in Spotsylvania County. It is currently anchored by a Food Lion, which will be converted into a Weis Market in the next few months.

“From a marketing and merchandising perspective, we are excited to work with new retailer, Weis Markets,” said Ziff spokeswoman Jordanna Arbogast. “Salem Fields has a consistently successful track record and this is a great opportunity for us to make new tenant relationships and continue that success.”

Ziff has properties in seven states. It’s only other shopping center in Virginia is Roosevelt Gardens Shopping Center in Norfolk.

Arbogast said the company has no plans to make changes at The Shops at Salem Fields.

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407

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