Tribune on the move

The Spring Valley Tribune will be moving down the street to a new location in downtown Spring Valley by Aug. 1.

Jenn Slifka, owner of Chateau de Chic, has purchased the building that is now the location of the Tribune. The Tribune will set up at 101 South Broadway Avenue in the former dental clinic building, more recently the location of the SEMA business offices and Just for You antiques.

Operations will continue as usual for the Tribune, although the company will discontinue the Knights Kloset store that featured Kingsland school clothing and other items. Slifka will be selling those types of items in her expanded retail complex (see related story).

Publisher Dave Phillips, who also owned the building adjacent to the Tribune that once housed a Verizon cell phone store, sold both buildings to Slifka on June 27. He had never listed the buildings for sale, but Slifka had approached him a few years ago that some day she would like to purchase the buildings for her operation.

That “some day” came sooner than expected.

“I assumed the sale would come when I retired, but an opportunity for her came up, and after considering the pluses and minuses of a change I agreed to sell,” said Phillips. “Although it does cause some inconvenience for me with a major move, I thought it would be good for the city since it helps a business expand and I will fill an empty downtown building. Also, I’m more interested in focusing on my business than being a landlord.”

All staff will be moving to the new building, which is owned by Bruce Fish, and all services, including copying, laminating and printing, will still be offered. The phone number of 507-346-7365 will also remain the same.

The move will take place over the next few weeks, but there should be minimal disruption to the newspaper operations.

The Tribune moved to its current location in 2008. Prior to that, the Tribune had been located for many decades on the south end of the same downtown block of the new location.

Although Phillips had taken on newspaper partners two years ago in an effort for eventual succession of the business, that plan fell through. Phillips plans to remain publisher for the next several years.