UNION – The Union Times is moving from its location on Times Boulevard into a new location on North Herndon Street in downtown Union. The move was completed Wednesday.
The new location, 201 N. Herndon St., is being leased by Civitas Media LLC, the parent company for the publication, from Luther G. Arthur and Robert J. Arthur.
Patricia Edwards, group publisher for The Union Times and its sisters papers, said the staff is excited to be moving into a newer space that will provide them with an inviting business atmosphere for the community. The Union Times’ sister papers include The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and The Newberry Observer.
“The Union Times has been located on Times Boulevard since that building was built in the 1990s and once we ceased printing there, the building really became too big for what we needed,” she said. “We’ve spent the last two years looking for a location that would put us closer to the heart of the city and still provide easy access to the public.
“Mr. Arthur and his brother have been more than welcoming to us, from the time we first looked at the location to getting it ready for us to move into,” she added.
Their father ran his law firm out of the location.
“We knew we needed to be in a location that was easy to find, easy to get into, had plenty of parking and provided an environment that was conducive to expanding our business footprint without oversizing ourselves,” Edwards said. “We are all very excited to be in our new space and look forward to our readers and other members of the community stopping by to see us.”
Christine Wyatt, state advertising director for group of papers, said the new space will help the staff continue serving the communities in Union County.
“Our communities are pretty vibrant economically and our newspaper is doing well,” Wyatt said. “This move will enable our readers to engage with us more easily and help us be even better partners with our community.”
Edwards said they plan to hold an open house once everything has been moved from the old location.
The new office is located at 201 N. Herndon St. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number will remain the same: 864-427-1234.
The Union Times is the county’s oldest business enterprise, having been established on May 31, 1850. At that time, the paper was known as The Unionville Journal, a name it retained until 1872 when it was renamed The Unionville Times. When the town it was based in became known as Union, the name was changed to The Union Times.
On Oct. 1, 1917, the paper became a daily and was renamed The Union Daily Times, the name it was known by until December 2015. In January 2016, the newspaper changed to publishing on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, and also changed its name back to The Union Times.