Selma's, a landmark eatery in Afton that makes an undisputed claim of being Minnesota's oldest purveyor of ice cream, is changing hands again and will reopen once a makeover is complete.

A purchase offer has been accepted, and the deal is expected to close by Dec. 1, said Ronn Thomas, whose NorthMarq Real Estate Services in Minneapolis listed Selma's for sale.

Thomas declined to say who bought the business on St. Croix Trail, Afton's main street, or for how much. The asking price was $299,000.

Thomas did say that the buyer "would like to operate it as Selma's," but first must complete renovations that had been underway. The building has been sitting vacant for more than two years.

Selma's was bought by CorTrust Bank for about $747,000 at a sheriff's sale in the summer of 2010, after it went into foreclosure and owner Chet Kurtz filed for bankruptcy.

Kurtz had reopened the business in 2008, adding a Panino's sandwich shop.

The business was named after Selma Holberg who, along with her husband, Ed, owned it for many years starting in 1930.

The unadorned white building dates to the Civil War, when ammunition was stored in the cellar. Selma's has sold ice cream almost continually since the early 1900s.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482