Friday, May 5, 2017

Headquarters Live Closing My Thoughts On Daily Times Taking Over


I have to admit I was a little shocked to hear that Headquarters live would be closing in the fall and that The Daily Times would be taking it over. I liked the concept of Headquarters Live but it was done about 5 years to early. Downtown is not ready to sustain a business like this yet.

I have been by when they have had decent crowds, but only for special events, the rest of the week it just sits quietly. Brad Gillis and Joey Gilkerson are smart business guys and am sure they could see that having a tenant like Gannett renting the building would be a smarter venture for time being as the music thing was never going to make them money.

I love when people complain about these properties that are given away for pennies on the dollar and act like they ripped people off to buy this property. Do you not realize how much time , money and effort it takes to revitalize these buildings?? The Gillis group also redid the old Feldmans building and I have to tell you that place is one of my favorite architectural buildings in the area. If you rode by and watched how much work was put into turning it into something beautiful you would know it wasn't given them anything.

These guys are smart, and are in the game to make money. We should honestly be thankful they decide to spend it on making Downtown look better . They are the only group that can take these old buildings and turn them into something beautiful for future generations. The other option is let them fall down around the City . People always want to complain when these properties are bought cheaply and yet never factor in the huge amount of money it costs to get them back usable for anything period.

The Daily Times I still feel is a sinking ship with a huge hole in the center and its going down fast. I certainly don't feel they will be a very long term resident. However until Downtown is ready for the kind of business Headquarters was hoping for, the smart play is to do exactly what they did and rent it to the Times.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good point JT, most of the complainers are slum lords with run down buildings already in Salisbury or recently unloaded (right A$$BURROW?) on some poor unsuspecting buyer!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with your comments Jonathan BUT could you and your readers say a little prayer that the Daily Times out lives my hubby and me. Us old people still like to read the morning paper with our coffee. I am dead serious about this DT statement. We would have to change a 58 year habit if the Salisbury Times dies before we do.
Thanks

Anonymous said...

Just imagine what would have happened if they let Albero buy the property...another bird sanctuary

Anonymous said...

3:22,

You must have slept til 3pm until the mid 70's."hTe Salisbury Paper" used to be delivered in the afternoon.

Anonymous said...

I never had any hopes. I knew someone who was interested after the fact because they never even knew it was for sale and when they found out said they would have paid a lot more for it. They have a road construction business.

Anonymous said...

A restaurant in the Twilley Center where Dollar General used to be will be exiting soon in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

3:29 PM By golly you are right - how quickly I forgot. Anyway we have had home delivery of Salisbury .Daily/Sunday Times since March of 1959. Have no idea when morning delivery started (you say in the 70s). but it has been a goodly # of years.

Anonymous said...

Downtown is a bad location because it's so close to the hood, If they leveled every house from Main st to rt 50 and tore down Fairground apts and waterside apts and kicked out the welfare water front leeches and moved in people that work for a living you would have something.

Anonymous said...

I saw Joe looking at the property on the corner of Mt Herman Rd and Powellville Rd.It used to be a sandwich shop back in the day.

Anonymous said...

The fire house was sold based on a proposal that would benefit the city and community best. They scammed their way in and now are benefiting by once again getting great deal that no one else could get. If the property was sold without city putting in conditions that all but gave it to them the city would have made out much better.

Anonymous said...

Bait n switch

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I agree with your comments Jonathan BUT could you and your readers say a little prayer that the Daily Times out lives my hubby and me. Us old people still like to read the morning paper with our coffee. I am dead serious about this DT statement. We would have to change a 58 year habit if the Salisbury Times dies before we do.
Thanks

May 6, 2017 at 3:22 AM

May you R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
3:22,

You must have slept til 3pm until the mid 70's."hTe Salisbury Paper" used to be delivered in the afternoon.

May 6, 2017 at 3:29 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
A restaurant in the Twilley Center where Dollar General used to be will be exiting soon in my opinion.

May 6, 2017 at 5:43 PM

HUH??

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Downtown is a bad location because it's so close to the hood, If they leveled every house from Main st to rt 50 and tore down Fairground apts and waterside apts and kicked out the welfare water front leeches and moved in people that work for a living you would have something.

May 7, 2017 at 8:26 AM

Ironically a lot of waterfront property in Salisbury is all Ghetto and of no value. BUT!! If they ghetto was moved somewhere else this could be a rocking city!

Anonymous said...

A bunch of rich kids experimenting on how to run a business.

Anonymous said...

HQ Live failed for the same reason every arts and entertainment idea in this area fails. Eastern Shore people are small minded trash- all they want to hear is their stupid hat act country music and classic rock. If you brought in Jesus to play at HQ Live, locals would just complain that Our Lord and Savior is just "sum come-here commie lib-er-al" Headquarters was simply pearls before eastern shore swine.

Anonymous said...

Maybe his drug addict stepson can run it ?

Anonymous said...

Its being done on purpose so it does FAIL then they make the buildings into WATERFRONT WELFARE look at Crisfield.