The Beaufort Gazette sold the building on Salem Road that has been its home for more than 40 years and relocated to Boundary Street.
The Gazette's new office at 1809 Boundary St. is about 900 square feet and will house a receptionist and advertising representatives. Reporters and photographers also will use the building. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
About five years ago, printing operations for the McClatchy-owned Gazette moved to a state-of-the-art plant in Bluffton, where the company also publishes The Island Packet.
"We've consolidated our office needs, as well," said Sara Johnson Borton, publisher and president of both newspapers. "We just didn't need 10,000 square feet of office space in Beaufort anymore."
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Borton hopes the new location, near the intersection of Boundary Street and Ribaut Road and county and city government offices, will increase the newspaper's visibility.
"Hopefully, it's in a more convenient location for everyone," she said.
Borton called the move "a blessing."
The Gazette built the former Salem Road office in 1970 and added to it in the early 1990s.
"It was a really old building with a lot of maintenance," Borton said.
Local car dealer O.C. Welch purchased the building and about six acres Friday, Borton said.
Welch owns about 12 acres of adjoining property where he previously operated car dealerships, Borton said.
Welch doesn't have any immediate plans for the property, he said Tuesday.
"We might put some apartments there or some storage buildings," Welch said. "We're just looking at different options right now."
The Gazette has operated from several locations in its 114-year history. In its early days, it was owned by W.P. Waterhouse, who also had a cotton gin on Bay Street where he cleared two rooms for the newspaper's office.
From 1903 to 1908, the Verdier House at the corner of Bay and East streets was the Gazette's home.
The newspaper's office burned to the ground in 1922 and again in 1924.
During the Great Depression, it moved from Bay Street to the Crofut building on Port Republic Street. It later relocated to Hamar Street, a few blocks from the current Boundary Street location, and then moved to the Salem Road location.
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