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Hugh served as a Corvallis city counselor twice in the 1970s, but has no desire to repeat the experience. He earned an MBA from OSU in ’76. The couple bought their first downtown property, Madison Plaza, in 1978. In 1982, Liz was awarded a master’s of arts in teaching from SDSU. In 1992 Hugh retired from the Naval reserve. It was not a moment too soon. Property management was about to get a whole lot more difficult for the couple.
In January of 1993, Madison Plaza’s only tenant, JCPenny, pulled up stakes and left. Hugh and Elizabeth suddenly found themselves with a three-story, 24,000-square-foot building ideal for a department store and little else. They had a choice to make. They could either hope for another big store to arrive, or they could begin to divide up the spaces for smaller tenants.