Downtown Wooster wins again with the sale of the historic Quinby Building, located at 115 S. Market Street in downtown Wooster. Originally built in 1887, it has been the recent home to the Everything Rubbermaid Store since 1993. The 19th century building sold on July 26th.
Connor Redman, a commercial real estate professional at Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate and a Wooster native, represented seller Renee Jackwood on behalf of her father Marty Zimmerman, the last remaining member of Quad Enterprises which purchased the building in 1972.
"After decades of being the care taker for this grand old building, I am so pleased that it is being passed along to another local entity that believes that this gem of a building should continue to be the cornerstone of Wooster's historical downtown scenery,” said Jackwood. “My family has truly enjoyed being a part of this community's economic heritage, as well as a part of its future,” added Jackwood.
The building was purchased by a local owner, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time.
Redman, a Wooster native, is excited about the future of the city he cares so much about. “It’s no secret that Wooster is quickly becoming a very sought-after city in Northeast Ohio, both to live or to operate a business. With companies such as Daisy Brand and GOJO Industries relocating their operations to Wooster, it’s proof that our economy is getting stronger,” said Redman.
“However, preserving the authenticity of Wooster is an important part of finding the right ownership for these properties. We search for owners and users that are committed to Mainstreet Development Principles, and building upon the fabric that makes Wooster our home and a destination. It’s working. Several national and international companies currently are looking to capitalize on the city’s positive momentum through expansion or by opening new locations here. The future is bright for Wooster and I look forward to working with our city officials to continue the upward growth,” added Redman.
With a population of over 27,000, Wooster has seen exponential growth over the past few years. Home to Daisy Brand, Buehler Food Markets, Inc., Wooster Brush Co., Tekfor, Inc., LuK USA LLC., Certified Angus Beef Brand and GOJO Industries, residents are used to welcoming national brands into their hometown.
An increase in headquarters isn’t the only change in Wooster. The historic downtown district has also welcomed restaurants and apartments/condos on every corner and is currently undergoing an update through its Streetscape project. Wooster is one of many cities across the country embracing a national grassroots movement called Main Street America, which not only protects the historic character of cities and towns across America, but also works collaboratively to promote growth, development and inclusiveness in these areas.
Located just 35 miles from Akron, 33 miles from Canton and 26 miles from Medina, Wooster has become a weekend destination for residents. While the final plans for the Quinby Building haven’t been released, retail, restaurant or residential outcomes will certainly fit right in with the downtown feel.
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