On the eve of the anniversary of last May's massive downtown fire, a local business which saw its entire building burn to the ground is well into the process of turning to the next chapter.
In the days and weeks following the devastating blaze that destroyed their long-time Pacific Avenue home, Christie's Office Plus would be forced to temporarily re-locate to space in Downtown’s Town Centre where they are operating today. Since the calendar turned over to Spring, they now find themselves in the process of rebuilding a brand new building at 1300 Richmond Ave East to serve as their eventual permanent home.
The new structure, located just East of the City of Brandon’s Civic Services building, will cover 30,000 square feet including an 8,000 square foot showroom. Their Pacific Avenue building including basement had 40,000 square feet over five floors of varying condition and ceiling height. If everything goes according to plan, all should be complete by the end of October.
The company, founded locally in 1881, currently employs 38 between Brandon, Winnipeg and Red Deer, Alberta with plans to add additional retail/customer service staff once the new location is open.
Yesterday information was shared on restoration efforts underway at Massey Manor, directly across the street from Christies' former location. According to a Brandon Sun report last month, plans are in the process of being worked on for re-construction of another building claimed by the fire, that which housed Collyer’s Sales and Service and the Brandon Boxing Club on Pacific Avenue. Collyer’s now shares space with Custom Truck Sales on Victoria Avenue, the Boxing Club is now at 1417 Rosser Avenue.