The Longaberger Company headquarters in Newark, Ohio, is more than a building: It's a landmark.
In fact, it's listed on as the "World's Largest Basket," a popular area pit stop. That's because it's shaped exactly like the the company sells—complete with basket weave and handles. Unfortunately, the property's uniqueness (coupled with its remote location) made it a hard sell when the company downsized in 2015 and it went on the market for $7.5 million. After all, at 180,000 square feet, it would be a lot of office space to handle (pun intended), especially for a totally unrelated business.
Even after a price drop to $5 million, still no one bit, according to . But now, finally, the Longaberger Basket building (plus the 21 acres it sits on) has a buyer: reports that , a developer based in Louisville, Ohio, has purchased the interesting piece of architecture for $1.2 million—plus a promise to pay Longaberger's more than $800,000 worth of back taxes.
"The Longaberger Basket Building is known all over the world, and I can't tell you how excited I am to preserve and renovate this building and put it back into use," Steve Coon, principal of Coon Restoration, said in a statement. "I have a big vision in mind to bring it back to life and keep the Longaberger story alive."
The seven-story structure was completed in 1997 and cost $32 million from beginning-to-end, reports . The company will reportedly work with to restore the building. No specific details regarding renovations have been released yet; offices spaces, a hotel, and other ideas . But the team apparently plans to keep the quirky shape—handles and all.