Update: This story has been updated to clarify that the business is not what is listed for sale but that the property owned by the business owners is. See publishers note for more information.
The 3,300 SF retail space is freestanding and sits on the northern edge of a 14,475 SF lot at the corner of Virginia Drive and Orange Avenue in the heart of Ivanhoe Village. The address is 1323 N. Orange Avenue [GMap].
The building as it is comes with 21 parking spaces, but the listing points to its potential as an “excellent infill location.”
The property is currently owned by Julie and David Harmon the owners of Harmon Photo. According to their website, Harmon Photo has been open since 1973. They purchased the property on Orange Ave in 1978.
Harmon Photo owner Julie Harmon asked Bungalower to share that they have no plans to close their business*. Noting that properties can be sold and businesses remain at the location. “Many building [sic] get bought and sold by organizations and it does not impact the business they just lease from another organization,” Harmon told Bungalower.
Scroll down to see the listing flyer.
Publishers Note on Transparency: The Harmons have expressed a desire to have this post removed because rumors are spreading that their business is closing. We have asked multiple times for quotes to clarify the story and make it more accurate.
They have not been clear with our staff on:
A)Their plans for their business. At times they claim that Bungalower saying that they plan to remain in business is inaccurate, writing “the note you add will help with the rumors I NEVER said or texted those words to Anyone at Bungalower so someone took the liberty on that” but when we clarified that if we remove that note there would be no comment from the Harmon’s, we were told “Leave the comment”. We assume that means it is true but that is not clear at this point.
B) If they own the property. Our reporter was clear that based on property records the Harmon’s owned the lot. However, in their complaints following the story, the Harmon’s stated, “Harmon Photo is not the owner of the property.” It’s not clear if they were trying to differentiate between the business and them as owners of the business. When asked for clarification on the property records that show Harmon Properties, LLC is owned by the Harmons, Julie responded, “Yes we own the property Harmon Properties belongs to us.” If there are missing facts here we encourage them to provide those facts and we will gladly update the story.
While we understand that it may not be ideal for a business owner to have publicity around their property being listed for sale. As the property owner, they made a decision to publicly list the property for sale. We are always happy to do our best to support small businesses and not do anything to harm their business. Our reporter held this story after rumors of the listing were circulating and calls to Harmon Photo were not returned. However, once the listing was finalized and made public the reporter posted the story about the listing. In today’s media environment is it very easy to call a story inaccurate and demand it be taken down. However, it’s not fair to the community to state the information is not accurate but then not provide any further details. We stand by our reporting on this story and wish Harmon Photo the best as they look to sell their property and continue operating their local business. We will update this post or run a new story as new information becomes available to us. – Matt Broffman, Publisher