The former Price Chopper Community Room has been sold.
The Golub Corp. sold the building, which also includes several offices and a Family Dollar, for $550,000, spokeswoman Mona Golub said.
That was a boon for the corporation, which originally listed the building for $449,000. The building used to house a much smaller grocery store, before Price Chopper built its store across the street.
A group that buys investments properties nationwide bought the building.
“We’re going to fix it up and modernize it, and lease it out to anybody looking for office use or retail,” said group spokesman Kevin Stander.
The Family Dollar will expand by 2,000 square feet, for a total of 10,000 square feet, he added.
For purposes of the local purchase, the group is 1643 Eastern Parkway Associates LLC.
The closing was Aug. 22, and now leasees have been asked to move out to make way for the renovations and the Family Dollar expansion.
The sale was a loss for many local community groups that used the Price Chopper room for free for years. But Golub Corp. notified them more than a year in advance, and gave them all months to find new meeting places.
They have spread out since then. Some meet in conference rooms at Ellis Hospital’s McClellan campus, while others have explored meeting at the nearby schools. The Wargamers rent space at Proctors.
Renting the Price Chopper space began with a dedicated group of bridge players, who held weekly games in their own retail space. They sublet to the Wargamers, who wanted to host games with armies of miniatures. They needed more space than the typical living room could provide, and soon began offering monthly events with several different games going on at the same time.
Soon other community groups also asked to use the site, and neighborhood groups, woodworkers, nonprofits and others were all meeting in another space designated as the Price Chopper Community Room. In its heyday, 50 to 60 groups used the facility. But that slowly reduced amid warnings, a few years ago, that the building might soon be put up for sale. There weren’t many groups left when Mona Golub sent out letters last year explaining that the building wouldn’t be available in 2014.