Heckler Design Favors Adapative Reuse for Business Expansion
Heckler Design, a made-in-the-USA product design company, has moved its headquarters to the historic O.S. Stapley building on Grand and 7th Ave. The move comes on the heels of the rapid growth the company has experienced since its launch in 2007.
The 6,000-square-foot space, originally built in 1917, was completely restored to showcase the historic elements of the building, but to also bring it up to modern standards, making it a workable space. The new headquarters now houses Heckler Design’s ever-growing customer service team, its warehouse and shipping operations, and the design team.
“Moving into the O.S. Stapley building is significant to us for many reasons. We wanted a space that paid homage to Phoenix, as one of our core values is to keep all production in our home state,” said Dean Heckler, founder of Heckler Design. “Having our own headquarters also marks our growth, and has allowed us to combine our design, customer service, and warehouse under one roof.”
The O.S. Stapley opened in the early 1900s as a hardware store and today, 97 years later, houses a modern hardware company – Heckler Design. The renovation of the building also signifies part of a larger grassroots effort currently underway by the Grand Avenue Merchants Association to gentrify historic Grand Ave., bringing vibrancy back to the once lively street.
It has been shown that historic preservation and adaptive reuse are important tools for building strong local economies and vibrant communities. These local businesses offer a unique environment that communities embrace and cannot be replicated, which adds value to those neighborhoods and towns. Heckler Design had a number of options for their new location, yet they chose to make a local impact and contribute to the increasingly thriving Grand Avenue community. Congratulations Heckler Design on your expansion!