The large log building on Industrial Drive in Erwin is a unique property that community leaders believe has the potential to house a successful business that could boost the local economy. (Contributed photo)

By Kendal Groner

The former Bear Mountain Outfitters building located at 1001 S. Industrial Drive in Erwin is currently on the market awaiting a new owner to utilize this unique property. For about nine months the property has been for sale and is currently listed with The Brokers Realty & Auction group based in Johnson City.

Built in 1999, the property is zoned for commercial or industrial use and features a large cabin style building totaling over 13,000 square feet and a second warehouse building totaling about 5,000 square feet. Situated on 12.3 acres, the property is located just off I-26 and includes approximately 800 feet of river frontage.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the realty group held a Lunch & Learn event where community leaders and business owners were given a chance to tour the property and learn more about its various amenities.

“If we all put our heads together then maybe we can come up with an idea for this great location,” said Joe Wilson, broker and auctioneer with The Brokers Realty & Auction. “The opportunities here are growing everyday.”

The larger building includes two roll-up doors, a kitchen area, two full baths, men and women’s restrooms and large open spaces ideal for retail on the first and second floor. The additional warehouse building has two 14-foot bay doors, three 10-foot bay doors and 15-foot ceilings.

“We’ve had a lot of interest, we just haven’t put a deal together yet,” said Bryan Sangid, commercial broker with The Brokers Realty & Auction. “I really think this property could help the economic prosperity of Erwin.”

With water, sewer and power on site, the property was originally listed at $2.8 million, but has since been reduced to $ 2.25 million.

“There’s really a multitude of uses for this property,” said Tyler Engle, executive director of the Joint Economic Development Board for Unicoi County. “It’s ideal for retail or maybe light industrial use, or even some sort of multi-use. People are getting creative with ideas, and when you look at the outside of the property and how it’s situated along the river, there’s a lot of really advantageous characteristics.”

Sangid and Wilson suggested that this property would make an excellent choice for any kind of winery, distillery, or outdoor sporting good retailer.

“There’s been interest shown from a Cracker Barrel, as well as a group in West Virginia interested in putting a small fabrication business here,” added Wilson.

The property can be seen off I-26 and is located on the left about .2 miles off of Jackson Love Highway heading east. For more information about the property, contact Bryan Sangid at 631-0355 or 747-8010.