The Issaquah Press is relocating offices

March 18, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 12:25 p.m. March 18, 2013

Newcastle News, a member of The Issaquah Press Co., will relocate its offices March 20, leaving historic downtown Issaquah for more efficient office and warehouse space in Cascade Business Park, one block east of the transit center.

The newspaper office has been in the same location on Front Street for about 85 years. Its current building was built 25 years ago when the former building was demolished. The company does not own the building.

“Our needs have changed,” Publisher Debbie Berto explained. “We just don’t need as much space. We no longer need dozens of file cabinets, or the darkroom, or four bathrooms. And the downtown location is not as important now that walk-in customers are rare, not like the days when readers hand-carried in their wedding photos and advertisers came in to pay bills.”

“We are also short on employee parking at our current location, and the parking lot is not user friendly for our large newspaper delivery trucks,” Berto said.

The Issaquah Press was founded in 1900 as The Issaquah Independent. The newspaper changed names in 1916. It is Issaquah’s oldest business.

Berto has been on staff for 40 years, most of those as publisher.

Newcastle News began publishing in 1999.

“We are all feeling nostalgic about leaving this part of our publishing history behind,” she said. “Front Street will always have a piece of our hearts, and we plan to stay involved in the Downtown Issaquah Association.”

Berto admitted that lower rent costs are also part of the reason for the move.

“The move is certainly part of our long-range sustainability plan,” she said. “The economy and social media has taken away many advertisers, although readership has never been better.”

The media group also publishes The Issaquah Press, Newcastle News, SnoValley Star and has four community websites. Staff for all of the papers are housed together. The company has 25 employees.

Readers often visit the office to research the history in newspaper volumes that date back to 1908.

The volumes will be available at the new office, 1085 12th Ave. N.W., Suite D1 in Issaquah.

The company plans a moving sale at its Front Street offices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 to sell filing cabinets, a few desks and chairs, storeroom shelving, assorted books and miscellaneous office supplies.

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