Independent-Mail Selling Facility on Williamston Road
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:22PM

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

The buidling which has been home to the Independent-Mail newsaper for 45 years is for sale.

The office, located at 1000 Williamston Road in Anderson, houses 54,150 square feet and includes 11.6 acres and is being sold as industrial space.

No word yet on a new location for the newspaper's Anderson office. Multiple attempts to reach the Independent-Mail for comment have been unsuccessful so far.

In March, the company announced the closing of production facilities at the location and began printing the Independent-Mail newspaper at the Knoxville News Sentinel, in Tennessee.

United States President Gerald Ford was on hand for the dedication of the building in 1974, marking a rare visit of a sitting president to Anderson. 

In 1972, Wilton Hall, who had been publisher of the Anderson Independent and Daily Mail for nearly half a century, sold the morning and evening newspapers to the Texas company Harte Hanks Communications, which moved the newspapers from the Market Street location downtown to the new facility on Williamston Road.

Harte Hanks later merged the two newspapers into a single morning edition, the Independent-Mail in the early 1980s. In 1997, The E.W. Scripps Company bought the Independent-Mail, spinning it's newspaper assests into the Journal Media Group in 2015. 

In 2016, Gannett Co. which also owns The Greenville News and is the parent company of USA Today purchased 15 daily newspapers including the Independent-Mail.

The orginal Anderson Daily Mail began publication in 1899. Hall, who had started the morning Anderson Independent, bought the Daily Mail and published both newspapers for nearly 50 years.

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