Nielsen Canvas furls its sails

SANDUSKY After 25 years in business, Nielsen Canvas Co. is closing its doors. "It's been a good location, but the traf
Janet
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

After 25 years in business, Nielsen Canvas Co. is closing its doors.

"It's been a good location, but the traffic flow is not good for what I want to do," said owner Robert Nielsen.

The 7,500-square-foot shop and warehouse is listed for $399,900.

Strayer Group Realtor Mac Lehrer said he believes the property is desirable.

"It blends in real well with what's in the neighborhood," he said.

The two-parcel property is zoned downtown business. Lehrer said he sees it attracting buyers interested in contributing to the city's waterfront growth and development.

"Hopefully we will get folks interested in being on or near the water," he said.

The property is located in the heart of the city's Paper District, adjacent to Sandusky Bay, Chesapeake Lofts and Deep Water Marina.

The business opened its doors in 1982 at 805 W. Water St. The store specializes in canvas products including boat covers and awnings. The store also sells flags and flagpoles.

John Lippus, director of Sandusky Main Street Association, said he would like to see a continuation of the Paper District.

"A good mix of retail-residential will be fantastic down there with a market or restaurant," Lippus said.

Nielsen said he will miss seeing the water and the freighters in the bay.

"We're sorry to see him sell that property," Lippus said. "It's been a fixture in the community."