Vision, direction, focus: Move to Waterfront Warehouse next step in Stockton Record’s evolution – Yahoo News

The Stockton Record is moving.
After more than 100 years at 530 E. Market St., The Record will call a new location home.
Over the next few months, we will be transferring operations and setting up shop at the iconic Waterfront Warehouse at 445 W. Weber Ave.
Related: Record moving to Waterfront Warehouse after century-plus on Market Street
The two-story structure opened in 1875 as the Sperry Flour Mill warehouse. It is home to a number of businesses, including Nena’s Restaurant, Legendary Coffee & Books and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce.
But you can read all about that in today’s news story.
The Record building has been in transition the past year with both the former printing facility and the office building being purchased by Tower Investments. The Woodland-based real estate and investment company has plans for the facility that should make it an asset to the city. We’ll cover those plans as they become public.
The Stockton Record office was built on Market Street by Record founder and publisher Irving Martin Sr. Over the years it has grown into a 4.77-acre complex with 120,000 square feet of space. At one point more than 400 people worked on-site and long ago, The Record claimed to have the fastest press in the state.
But times change.
Isn’t the saying that not all change is bad? We’ve gone from rotary phones to touch-tone dialing, we’ve seen cellphones carried in bags evolve to smartphones.
The reality is The Stockton Record is evolving. Our digital subscriptions are growing as readers turn to read coverage on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. We continue to be committed to deepening our local coverage of the entire community, including neighborhoods that were not reflected in coverage.
Though this move may only be of about 1.2 miles geographically, it is seismic for us. We will be leaving a place haunted by the ghosts of what this news organization used to be when newspapers were the only game in town.
We’ll sink new roots in another iconic location full of shops and services. A place that will be a short walk from the location of what will be Stockton City Hall and Stockton Unified School District’s administration building.
This is a significant step in our rebuild. We are adding newsroom staff with the goal of being able to provide coverage that readers in San Joaquin County deserve. Rebuilding is a long, arduous process and the difficulty increases when doing so during a pandemic.
As the saying goes, the road to success is littered with mud, gunk and other substances. We have a vision, direction and focus to rebuild The Stockton Record.
If you believe in community newspapers and storytelling, then support us. Become a reader and a subscriber.
Contact Executive Editor Donald W. Blount at [email protected] or on Twitter @donblount. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at https://www.recordnet.com/subscribenow.
This article originally appeared on The Record: Blount: Move to Waterfront Warehouse next step in Stockton Record's evolution
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