VICTOR HARBOR – The Times newspaper building at 13 Coral Street, Victor Harbor was sold for $560,000 by auction on Friday, May 19.
The auction was conducted by Mark Forde from Harcourts South Coast at the site.
The building was purchased by Glenn Wade and Fran Heffernan, who own Raw Bulk Whole Foods located in Ocean Street.
They plan to move the business to the new location.
The building has been the hub for the community for 95 years, as a newspaper and genuine voice of the community.
It was purpose built in 1922 by Peter Milnes and his wife Ivy as a residence and a business called The Times newspaper.
The Milnes name stayed with the paper until 1986 with Peter, his son Colin and grandchildren Ian, Paul and Michael all working in the business.
It was then purchased by the Wilson family, then Rural Press and then Fairfax (SA Regional Media).
“We have great memories of this building and it is a little sad it will no longer be a place where the local newspaper will be produced,” Ian Milnes said.
The building is local heritage listed, such is its importance to Victor Harbor.
After 95 years, The Times office will move 100 metres south of its current location into Stuart Street at the back of the Westpac building on June 2.