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Chris Lewis fell in love with the corner location at the Jennings Building when he first saw it in January. The new location gives room to grow and parking for customers.
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Lewis Insurance opened its doors Monday at 107 S. 14th St., New Castle. The insurance company is the first business to move into the newly renovated Jennings Building.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Chris Lewis can watch the sun come up in the morning now from his new office looking out over S. 14th Street.

His company, Lewis Insurance, outgrew its former space on Broad Street, prompting him to move to one of the new spaces in the Jennings Building.

Lewis said he first toured the space in January with Mayor Greg York. York announced in August he was taking on “personal financial responsibility” for renovating and subletting the retail spots on the ground floor of the Jennings Building.

He fell in love with the spot, even though it was still under construction at the time. Now, the walls are freshly painted, the floor is brand new and the view from the windows is 1400 Plaza.

Lewis Insurance opened Monday at 107 S. 14th St. The company is the first business in the renovated Jennings Building retail fronts.

“We just love our new location and are excited to be down here,” Lewis said.

At the previous location, Lewis could only offer his clients two parking spaces right in front of the building. Insurance customers can park in 1400 Plaza today.

The new office is at least twice the size of Lewis’ previous one, too. There is room within the walls for the company to continue to grow.

Stacie Wrightsman, an insurance agent at Lewis Insurance, was formerly the advertising director for The Courier-Times. 

For Wrightsman, the move is like coming back to your old neighborhood.

“I love it here. I feel like we’re in the heart of downtown,” she said.

Lewis Insurance is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 765-521-6070.