ROANOKE Va. (WFXR) — The old Fire Station One in downtown Roanoke reopened as a new business for the star city. The grand opening took place at 10 a.m. on Friday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Old School Partners and Txtur are turning the 115-year-old fire station into a furniture store, bistro and boutique hotel.
The flagship retail gallery for Txtur officially opened on Friday, and the bistro and hotel are slated to open in November. City officials and project managers spoke at the event to commemorate the achievement.
“Fortunately the building was here to be able to repurpose it after 15 years of being here and turn it into something the whole community can enjoy,” said Dale Wilkinson, a partner with Old School Partners and president of Wilkinson. The group.
At the end of the ceremony, the bell that once occupied the belfry was rung to symbolize that the station is back open. There was also an open house all day until 8pm with musical entertainment, local food trucks and more.
Yesterday Church Street was closed from Fire Station One to Jefferson Street during the events.