Heritage Business Park provides office space, shared workspace options in Spearfish
SPEARFISH — The former Fresh Start convenience store corporate headquarters, the building probably best known for when it housed The Sluice restaurant, located at 540 Heritage Dr. in Spearfish, has transformed into Heritage Business Park.
“I don’t like seeing things sit empty,” Ryan Cain, owner, said. “I don’t like seeing things in a state of disrepair, so talked with my wife, and we just started daydreaming about what the building could be, and it actually molded throughout the project.”
Cain was a co-owner of Fresh Start, which was sold to Yesway in July, so the 12,000-square-foot building, which had housed the corporate headquarters, was listed for sale for a brief time before Cain decided to transform the building into a business plaza that includes office space and a shared workspace, or co-working space, where members have access to space to work, meet with clients, host events, etc.
Cain said that he knew that it was unlikely that a single tenant would utilize the entire building, so he spoke to various people in the area about current needs in the business community and considered how to best part out the building space in ways that make sense and are complementary.
The main floor, fondly referred to as “The Nine,” Cain described, features nine office areas of varying sizes. Those already leasing space include National Mutual Benefit, which has about 1,500 square feet of space; The Massage Way; Laprade Roofing & Construction; and Foltz and Sons Electric and Heating. Tenants have 24-hour access to an individually locked office, community break room, two conference rooms, and all utilities included, including internet.
There is also space available on the main floor for an approximately 1,800-square-foot coffee shop with a drive-through.
On the lower level, Black Hills Appliances has a space, along with the co-working space, known as The Well, in part because Cain and his wife are passionate about clean water initiative. They plan to use the proceeds from the space to support nonprofits who dig wells around the world to provide clean water to people.
Cain explained that the real renovation work began on the building, which was built in the late 1970s, really got rolling on Dec. 1. The building was taken “down the bones,” he said, describing that every non-loadbearing wall was taken down, as well as all of the tile and carpeting on the floors.
He said that now that the finishing touches are being completed, he is excited to have revived a building that meant a lot to a lot of people and to have a building that people can call their own work home and be proud of.
“I think it’s very unique for Spearfish, so I’m excited to see how it works,” Cain said, adding, “I would love for people who have been in this building over the last several years to walk through and see it. It’s cool hearing people share stories of what The Sluice used to be, and everybody talks about it so fondly.”
For more information, call Cain at (512) 569-0740.
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