Something is astir in downtown Medford.
Within weeks of Pacific Retirement Services, Procare Software and Rogue Disposal and Recycling saying they will locate their offices in a four-story building surrounding the Evergreen parking garage west of the railroad tracks there is more movement.
Downtown Medford is getting a new tenant this weekend as the Little Feet children's shoe store moves from the Harry & David Country Village to 24 N. Bartlett St., near The Commons.
"We've been looking at moving downtown for four or five months," said owner Darcie Maassen. "I love the idea of a revitalized downtown. It was historically a vibrant area full of shopping and amenities."
The shop will open Saturday in its new location.
"We really love and welcome the idea of The Commons and park facilities going in," said Maassen, who considered a West Main storefront before deciding on a location between The Commons and Rogue Community College. "It makes sense and it's pedestrian-friendly."
In addition to its shoe lines, Little Feet will begin offering baby products and accessories at its new location.
"We definitely want to capitalize on the specialty products we have that you won't find anywhere else," she said.
The owners of Scrub Hub, a specialty retailer providing medical and other uniforms, have acquired one of the buildings formerly housing Joseph Winans Furniture Co. Jeff and Vicky Wiencek have purchased the century-old Getchell Building at 115 W. Main St., at the corner of Fir and West Main streets, just across Fir Street from the Evergreen project.
"We've had our eye on that property for a couple of years," Jeff Wiencek said. "But it seemed every time we looked at it something would happen that caused us to move on. The price and timing weren't right or other things weren't working out. When we looked again, the price had come down."
The new owners acquired the 7,000-square-foot former furniture store building for $325,000 and are aiming to move from their present Shoppes at Exit 24 location by March.
Jeff Wiencek is an emergency room physician at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and his wife is a nurse. They moved to the Rogue Valley from Maine eight years ago and opened Scrub Hub in August 2008. A variety of factors, including the death of his father last winter kept the couple from relocating.
But with an Interstate 5 reconstruction project at the Exit 24 interchange on the horizon, there was renewed impetus to explore alternatives.
"We live in Medford and love Medford and I've always liked the downtown area," he said. "The downtown has so much potential. The Getchell Building is older, but it's a beautiful building.
"It's not too far from our house and in a central area for people to reach. There were really quite a few reasons for this; obviously we're growing and it was a good opportunity."
Wiencek said the building, which formerly housed Winans' leather furniture center, will be partitioned, creating a 4,500-square foot showroom with the remainder used for storage.
"Right now we have medical, chef and EMT uniforms," he said. "But we are planning to broaden our scope to general uniforms, work wear and those types of things."
Fairway America, a private commercial property lender from Portland, took possession of the property in October 2010, after Joe and Frances Pedrojetti shuttered Joseph Winans Furniture Co. When the store closed in the spring of 2010, the building went on the market for $829,500.
Steve Fischer of Colder Banker Commercial Real Estate NW, who represented the seller, said the property drew interest, but financing was an obstacle.
"There had been other offers," Fischer said. "But very few people with the financial ability to get financing. So it's indicative of a business doing well enough to get financing in this market."