Monday, December 16, 2013

UPDATE: Callicrate in talks to buy Gazette building

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM

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UDPATE: Callicrate emailed to say that the sought building was misidentified in our conversation as the Gazette's main building. He is actually purchasing an old paper warehouse at 522 N. S. Wahsatch Ave.

——— Original post: Monday, Dec. 16 at 1:48 p.m. ———

Mike Callicrate
, owner of Ranch Foods Direct and longtime local-food supporter, confirms to the Indy that he's in talks to buy the Gazette's building at 30 S. Prospect St. The newspaper's moving into a new location on Tejon Street on Dec. 19.

The amount is still under negotiation, but Callicrate hopes to close this week and be open to the public May 1.

"It’d be the new home of Ranch Foods Direct — it would let us expand," he says. "Right now, we’re in 11,000 feet [at a location off of Fillmore Street] and this would give us just a little bit more than 30,000 square feet. It’s a 20,000 square-foot building, but then it’s a tall sidewall, so we’ll have an upstairs area."

"We totally outgrew [the current headquarters], so this gives us a much bigger location. And we’ve got some ideas: We want to connect with a culinary school so we can teach a meat-cutting course, you know, and we’ll go all the way back to butchering, slaughtering and all that."

Callicrate would also expand the retail side of things, which he says accounts for 40 percent of the company's business.

We reached out for comment from California-based Freedom Communications — which still owns the building, though not the paper itself  — and will update if we hear back. A Gazette representative had no knowledge of the sale when contacted.

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