An open house on Friday, Jan. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at 118 Central Avenue in Grant will provide an opportunity for patrons to view new office space occupied by HomeTown Agency, Burge Auction and Realty, Jeff Olsen CPA, and Pritchett Insurance.
By Jan Goff
Four local business owners have relocated within downtown Grant and are now housed under one roof at 118 Central Avenue.
The HomeTown Agency, Burge Auction and Realty, Jeff Olsen’s CPA business, and Larry Pritchett’s insurance business now share office space in what was formerly occupied by Turtle Island.
The building was purchased in October 2008 by HomeTown Agency from Adams Lumber Company and the other business owners soon took up occupancy in the new space.
The HomeTown Agency
In October 1998 Grant native Jeff Skeels moved back and started a career in the insurance business.
Formerly located at 150 Central for 10 years, the first official day of business in the new building for Skeels and employee Kandi McClung was Jan. 5.
Skeels said the move provides much needed space, and the upgrading of a building that has been a landmark in Grant since 1966 is beneficial for everyone.
“Our business has been growing and we appreciate all the support of the people in this area,” said Skeels. “We hope this move will allow us to grow with them and provide them the service they deserve.”
The agency offers all lines of insurance representing several companies in the fields of auto, home, commercial, crop, life, health and long-term care.
Burge Auction and Realty
Also moving from the same location where they formerly shared office space with HomeTown Agency, Butch and Donna Burge are managing their real estate and auction business in roomier conditions.
The Burges received their real estate sales licenses in 1988, and in 1999 Donna pursued her broker’s license. The native Perkins County couple started their own agency in 2003, and the following year Butch got his broker’s icense. He serves as an auctioneer for many real estate and personal property auctions.
Jeff Olsen, CPA
Offering tax, bookkeeping, payroll and consultation services, Jeff Olsen relocated from 150 Central Avenue to join the above businesses with whom he’d shared space since June 2004.
Olsen and his wife Tonya, who now live in Imperial, were both raised in Perkins County. They have a three-year-old son, Jensen.
Larry Pritchett joins the other businesses at 118 Central where he will serve his clients as an agent with Life Investors Insurance Company of America.
Pritchett started in the insurance profession in 1984. For the past 32 years he has served the school district, currently as the activities director.
In addition to his career in coaching and education, he and his wife Marlene owned the Grant Hardware store for 10 years from 1979-1989.
Pritchett has now moved his business out of his home into a high-traffic area of town which provides an opportunity to work with more companies and successful agents from the HomeTown Agency group.
Everyone is encouraged to stop by the new offices Friday afternoon during an open house from 1-4 p.m.