Chamber new space

File photo: Moore County Chamber of Commerce staff (from right) Linda Parsons, president and CEO, with Jana Volitis and Annelise O’Connor on the top floor of the new Krausen Building in Southern Pines. Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

Construction has resumed on the Moore County Chamber of Commerce (MCC) new offices in downtown Southern Pines. The area’s oldest and largest business organization recently closed on the purchase of the third floor of the Krausen Building.

Chamber CEO Linda Parsons anticipated the new office will be ready in September. 

“Timing is everything,” she said. “We were delayed a few months with everything going on and initially thought we would be here at the end of July. But we expect it will be a seamless transition.”

Financial details of the transaction were not announced; however, according to the Moore County Register of Deeds, the Chamber paid $560,000 for the property.

Located at the corner of South Bennett Street and West New York Avenue above the new Southern Pines Growler Co. taproom, the Chamber’s new floor plan was designed with flexibility in mind. The open layout includes informal gathering places, a conference room that can be adjusted according to size needs, a kitchen area, a coworking space and staff offices.

The Moore Chamber, founded in 1967, built its original flagship location on U.S. 15-501; however, the 10,000-square-foot building required upkeep and was larger than the organization needed for today’s more digitally connected membership.

In November 2017, MCC sold the property and established temporary quarters at 1295 Old U.S. 1 while a committee began looking for a new permanent home.

Parsons said the new office dedicates the vast majority of square footage to community space, in keeping with the MCC strategic plan that emphasizes its three primary roles: convener, champion and catalyst for local business interests.

“With the new space it is so much more open,” she said. “If people need a change of pace and a breath of fresh air from working in their home, they will be able to do that here and still be socially distanced. We look forward to sharing this vibrant office space with our business community and seeing many meetings and collaborative projects unfold throughout the years.

Learn more about MCC programs and work in the community at https://www.moorecountychamber.com/

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William Dean

Where are their mask? The 6 foot social distancing? Not sure I would want to deal with these women until after they have been tested.

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