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Retailer, owner of Creekside, to expand ; Gordon purchases ex-Sperian glove site

The owner of Gordon Companies, the Creekside Banquet Facility and a couple of local retailers has purchased the former Sperian glove and protective gear manufacturing plant in Cheektowaga to expand his retail businesses.

David M. Gordon paid $1.68 million late last week to buy 85 Innsbruck Drive in Cheektowaga, home of the former Sperian Protective Gloves USA LLC plant that was shut down by its French parent company in 2009. The plant had been owned by SP Assurance Vermont Co. Ltd., an affiliate of Sperian. Gordon also separately bought vacant land on Innsbruck from Sperian itself.

The owner of the Creekside in Cheektowaga and Christmas Central now plans to move his retail business operations from leased space at 2525 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga to the new facility, sometime in the first quarter, according to broker Alan T. Hastings of Hastings Cohn Real Estate, who represented Gordon.

He said Gordon had been looking for a new location "for a little over a year."

"He's very particular. He knew what he was looking for," Hastings said. "We all think he got a bargain here."

Gordon could not be reached to comment. His 33-year-old family-owned company sells "every type of merchandise you can think of," particularly for the Christmas season, according to its website, and stocks and ships everything from its 100,000-square-foot warehouse.

The 93,950-square-foot vacant industrial manufacturing facility sits on 11.12 acres, including five acres of undeveloped land that Gordon plans to use for future expansion, Hastings said.

Built in 1991 and located in a suburban business park, the one-story facility features 21-foot ceilings, six dock-high loading doors and three grade-level doors. It has 8,275 square feet of office space.

"It's a very nice facility. It was a good opportunity for Dave," said Tim Hourihan, associate broker at RealtyUSA Commercial, who represented Sperian.

The Sperian plant had operated for more than 35 years and was formerly part of Perfect Fit Glove Co. until one of Sperian's predecessor companies bought Perfect Fit in 1999. At the time, the Cheektowaga plant employed 160 and was the nation's No. 3 maker of nondisposable industrial gloves.

Sperian closed the plant as part of a global restructuring because of the recession and its expansion in France and China that made the Cheektowaga facility unnecessary.

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