- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Hattiesburg American is moving this week from its 35,000-square-foot building in downtown Hattiesburg to a new developing area called Midtown.

The newspaper has been downtown since 1972.

The newspaper reports (http://hatne.ws/1lFaSiX ) the news department, the advertising department, business office and administration will locate to a 5,100-square-foot suite.

“We’re going to miss downtown because we’ve always been downtown,” said Tracie Fowler, general manager of Hattiesburg American Media Group.

“I like the idea of Midtown because it’s centrally located to most of our subscribers. It’s a growth area. It’s easy to get to. It offered great parking, which was important because we still have a lot of walk-in traffic, so I wanted to make sure that our customers could get to us easily.”

In 1982, the paper was purchased from the Hederman family by Gannett Co. Inc.

Two years later, the site was expanded and became a print site for the Gannett-owned national daily USA Today.

In 2009, the American stopped all printing operations. Design of the paper is done by electronic link with one of the copy desk hubs that Gannett created nationally.

With the consolidation, the newspaper no longer needed the larger facility.

Fowler said the move will place the American in what in 1972 would have been the western edge of city limits.

Long-term development plans for Midtown call for re-imagining and re-invigorating the area between U.S. Highway 49 to the east and 40th Avenue to the west.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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