The Newberg Graphic parted ways with its decades-long, downtown location last week and has set up shop in a new office less than a mile eastward on Portland Road.
While the new location overlooking Hess Creek at 1505 Portland Road, Suite 210, will be a reduction from the 5,000 square feet the newspaper previously enjoyed, Publisher Allen Herriges said the new space is better suited to the Graphic and the size of its staff.
Furthermore, he said that the change in location will have no impact on the output of the newspaper or its delivery to its customers.
"It is not financially responsible for any business to be spending money for a building, or anything else for that matter, that we don't need," Herriges said. "With all of the tools provided by the Pamplin Media Group, it doesn't take a 5,000-square-foot building to produce the quality newspaper that The Newberg Graphic has been for the past 30 years I've been familiar with it."
While the Graphic has been in the same location between School and Howard streets for decades, Herriges said the newspaper has been operating out of the existing building for 11 years, making the parking lot available to the public during that time.
Over that period, he said many positions previously operating out of the office have been consolidated or shifted to other locations within the company, noting how he splits his time between two places as publisher of both the Graphic and The Woodburn Independent.
Although the Graphic was acquired by Pamplin Media Group in 2013, the newspaper's former owner, Salem-based Eagle Newspapers Inc., still owns the building and will now rent it to local real estate developer Del Boca Vista.
Meanwhile, the Graphic will now operate out of the same building as Subterra Restaurant in office space previously occupied by Ticor Title. Despite the move, the Graphic will retain its longtime phone number: 503-538-2181.
Herriges acknowledged that downtown Newberg has increasingly become a prime tourism destination in which a news office is less needed – but the newspaper's key role in the future of Newberg will remain.
"The Newberg Graphic will continue to be an important part of the change in all of Newberg, downtown included," he said. "We will just do that from an office less than a mile away.