Don’t worry, The Post-Intelligencer plans to continue cranking out daily newspapers for at least another 153 years.
But it may well do so from another location in or near Paris.
The descendants of the late Bryant and Julia Williams, who own the 153-year-old newspaper and its popular website, have put the building up for sale.
“Since we began having The P-I printed in Murray three years ago, it’s become more and more obvious that we no longer need 12,000 square feet of office space to get the job done,” P-I Editor and Publisher Michael Williams said.
“We no longer need room for a 67-foot-long press, 20 tons of newsprint, several barrels of ink, a large computer-to-plate machine and a massive darkroom,” he said.
“We have 6,000 square feet on each of two floors, and could fit our business in 4,000 to 6,000 square feet easily.”
And that includes room for its insertion and mailing operation once the printed newspapers are brought back to Paris about 1 a.m. each weekday.
This wouldn’t be the first time The P-I has moved.
When the late W. Percy Williams bought the newspaper in 1927, it was located on the west side of the court square next to what is now Stella Nera restaurant.
Ten years later, it moved to the rented building at the corner of Poplar and Blythe streets now occupied by the law offices of Greer, Greer and Whitfield.
It was the first occupant of that building, which was erected by John Kane Currier Jr. for attorney Fisher Neal on land formerly occupied by the H.D. Timmons boarding house.
The P-I’s current building at 208 E. Wood St. was completed by Frank Barrett in 1949, with the move taking place over the Fourth of July weekend.
“Dad and Granddad told me it was like a parade, with an army of people moving the press and walking every dolly and cart full of desks, filing cabinets and all the other pieces of equipment to the new building and getting everything set up and arranged in time to produce Monday afternoon’s paper,” Williams said.
“Looking back, that just doesn’t seem possible to me.
“Instead of employees, friends and family making the next move,” he said, “I think we may just hire a moving company.”
Commercial real estate broker Mark Johnson of Moody Realty Co. in Paris is in charge of finding a buyer, as well as finding The P-I a smaller building to occupy.
Anyone with leads on either a buyer or a smaller building is encouraged to contact Johnson by calling 336-3702 or emailing email@example.com.
“But just remember, we’ll still be providing you with all the news, pictures, sports, lifestyles, opinions, business, advertisements, television schedules and more that we always have,” Williams emphasized.