The old JC Penney brick-and-mortar structure in downtown Moses Lake has received more than a fresh coat of paint thanks to long-time residents Warren and Judy Henninger and their son Bryan Henninger. The Henningers needed a new home for their growing family business, Ag World Support Systems, and saw the building as an opportunity to expand their office space, while at the same time helping to revitalize Moses Lake’s main street by turning the empty building into a multi-tenant office and retail space. If you haven’t been there to see it yet, you should stop by.
“The building sat empty for a number of years and although it has ‘good bones,’ a lot of work needed to be done to update the building both inside and out,” stated Bryan Henninger. “Our hope is that the new building will provide a special place that will help keep downtown Moses Lake vibrant.”
When it came time to name the building, the Henningers wanted to honor their family heritage. The name “Smith Martin” is a tribute to family roots—Smith is Warren’s mother’s maiden name (Jeanette Smith) and Martin is Judy’s mother’s maiden name (Vierlyn Martin).
The Smith Martin Building is located on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Division Street and is home to several businesses, including Looking Glass Studios photography, Made in Moses Lake retail shop, Formality formal wear, and Moses Lake’s newest coffee shop – Mason’s Place.
Renovation work still continues in areas of the building to accommodate future tenants and space is still available for rent. To learn more about what the Smith Martin Building has to offer, stop by the Ag World Support Systems offices on the second floor or visit www.smithmartinbuilding.com.