The Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce yesterday helped Mel Foster Real Estate cut the ribbon on their new home at Main and Kellogg Streets, in the former Orpheum Theatre ticket office.
Managing Broker Chuck Ross tells WGIL the move was almost out of necessity, since their Henderson Street home just became too big.
“It was originally built with about 45-50 agents in mind,” Ross said. “So, real estate happens to be a decreasing numbers business right now, where there’s less agents entering, and some older agents retiring, transitioning, doing different careers, things like that. We didn’t need the big building; it’s 5,700 square feet.”
So Ross says that led the agency to look at a number of agents before setting in at the office owned by Mark and Jeanette Kleine. It also gave Mel Foster the opportunity to test out a so-called “boutique” office concept that’s popular on the West Coast and other regions.
The office, officials say, contains locally-made furniture using reclaimed local wood, flat-screen monitors showing listings, and among other things, a coffee bar.