Old Manchester bank building shifting from event venue to real estate office

Old Manchester bank building sold

After changing hands for the second time in two years, an old Manchester bank building is getting a new life as office space for a local real estate brokerage.

Bloom Real Estate has purchased the former Mechanics and Merchants Bank building at 1129 Hull St. for $890,000.

The 4,800-square-foot space will allow Bloom owner Shana Bloom and her team of four agents to move out of the Gather coworking space in Scott’s Addition.

Bloom said it felt like the time was right to get their own place and some additional brand visibility.

“We operate 100 percent on referral and we don’t spend time or resources on self-promotion, so having visibility was kind of part of the intention,” she said. “We are a small firm but we do a good bit of business in Richmond. It’s a big step for us.”

Most recently home to event venue The Bankuet Place, the 101-year old building sits at the corner for 12th and Hull streets, across from new restaurant Philly Vegan.

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