Storefront Retail Office For Sale
7,600 Sq Ft
The Studebaker is an opportunity to own a building with notable automotive history in what was once considered Old Downtown Bossier City, while investing in what is now the newly transformed and energized East Bank Arts & Entertainment District.
This prospective redevelopment engine is primed and ready for an investor interested in capitalizing on the East Bank District momentum. Whether redeveloped into a multi-faceted venue, restaurant and distillery, boutique retail, or simply a professional office, The Studebaker offers any number of potential end-uses. Also, the building could easily accommodate two users, with ample parking available for their patrons and employees.
Located at the corner of Barksdale and Mansfield, the +/-7,600 SF building is original, old brick construction, with several pedestrian access doors and a rollup door facing Mansfield. The interior boasts desirable accents, such as near stain-ready concrete floors and original tin ceiling tile coverings. Also, a +/-525 SF covered drive could be transformed into an al fresco patio with superb sunset views.
Since completion of Bossier City’s significant investment in upgrading the municipal infrastructure along Barksdale Boulevard, East Bank District is fast becoming one of the area’s most desirable destinations. Current announcements include the planned construction of a medical office building and a mixed-use office/retail development, with the City’s next target being a multi-family component.
Although the recent trend has been development of new city centers in the suburbs, Bossier City created, and is actively pursuing a master plan of redeveloping its historic city center. With a mix of renovated historic buildings and new construction, East Bank District is fast becoming known for its unique character. An area full of history and charm, The Studebaker is poised to be one of the most iconic locations within the East Bank District.
The earliest mention of 801 Barksdale Boulevard was in the 1930s, where Cummings Garage provided a full line of automotive build, repair and collision services. In 1944, the name changed to Barksdale Motors. However, the most notable piece of automotive history for this historic building was in its operation as the Studebaker Sales & Service dealership for the Greater Shreveport-Bossier City MSA, beginning in 1942.
Although Studebaker automobiles would later become collectible, with some models considered highly collectible, history is all but lost to the bystanders of the manufacturer’s demise. Two months before the last Studebaker rolled off the assembly line in December of 1963, Barksdale Motors closed its doors. Since then, the current ownership family has primarily operated the property as a service and supply warehouse for various retail operations. However, the last family member to actively occupy the building cherished its history, parking his 1950 Studebaker under the covered drive every night.
Similar to their shared fate in 1963, 801 Barksdale and Studebaker appear to share a similar fate again. East Bank District has created a renaissance along Barksdale, making The Studebaker desirable for an investor interested in preserving history and benefiting from restoring this historical building to commerce in an area becoming more desirable with each passing day.