Canby Herald office for sale
The listing went live on Monday, July 8. So yes, it's true, Pamplin Media Group is selling the Canby Herald office. But while physically The Herald will move locations, the newspaper isn't going anywhere.
"It's a corporate decision to downsize the physical locations," said Sandy Storey, Canby Herald manager, "but they still want to keep the community presence, and that is why we are currently looking for a smaller space so that we can still be available to serve the community as we have in the past."
Storey said since Pamplin and The Herald have consolidated services, like the design team and other personnel, some of whom now report to the central office in Milwaukie, there is no need for such a large space.
The Herald office, located in the heart of Canby's downtown at 241 N. Grant St., is 2,780 square feet. It has two bathrooms, several offices, a conference room, storage spaces and an open central space.
The building is listed under realtor Bill Reif at the modest price of $375,000 so that it can be quickly passed along to another community business or organization.
Storey said she is looking at Canby properties for the new home of The Herald, but since no decisions have been made, she opted not to disclose the locations. The plan is for The Herald staff to occupy the current building until a purchase is complete and someone else makes plans to move in.
Despite moving full speed ahead with planning, Storey still took the time to look back.
"I'm sad," Storey said of the move. "I started working in this office 18 years ago and this has become my second home."
No other structural changes to The Herald are anticipated, according to Storey.
"It's still going to be us," she said, and went on, "Our goal is to be able to provide the same professional and local coverage and customer service that we have always provided."
The Canby Herald has been in business since 1906, more recently joining the Pamplin family. It is now one of 24 Pamplin Media Group newspapers owned by Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr., who also owns R.B. Pamplin Corp.
Pamplin Media purchased six of its newspapers from Eagle Newspapers in January of 2013. Those are The Herald, Molalla Pioneer, Madras Pioneer, Newberg Graphic, Wilsonville Spokesman and Woodburn Independent. Shortly after, in June of 2013, Pamplin also picked up the Central Oregonian from Eagle.
Pamplin has listed three former Eagle buildings for sale in the last year, including The Herald as well as the Molalla Pioneer and the Woodburn Independent, both of which have sold.