Springfield digital commerce firm Classy Llama Studios LLC recently purchased businessman Bob Noble’s Chesterfield Village offices.
Classy Llama Director of Sales and Marketing Greg Goodale said the company closed on the purchase July 6 for undisclosed terms. Together, the two buildings were listed by R.B. Murray Co. for roughly $5 million.
Goodale said Classy Llama already has begun moving into the buildings and plans to fully open in Chesterfield Village by July 23. The company currently operates in three leased buildings in Galloway Village.
“We have 60-plus employees right now. We have a number of openings currently and continue to expand,” he said, pointing to three current openings and future plans to hire as needed. “You can’t hire a person if you don’t have a place to put them. That was one of the driving factors is we were out of space and had plans to expand.
“Right now, we’re kind of on top of each other, so we needed the room.”
R.B. Murray Co. Vice President Ross Murray said he represented Noble in the transaction, which comprises roughly 34,000 square feet between the two buildings at 2215 W. Chesterfield Blvd.
“They’re making a considerable investment in Springfield,” Murray said of Classy Llama.
Goodale declined to disclose Classy Llama’s 2017 revenue. The company ranked 3,497th on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States based on 2013-15 revenue growth. Classy Llama reported 2015 revenue of $5 million and three-year revenue growth of 121 percent. The company did not appear on the 2017 Inc. 5000, and the 2018 list had not yet been released.
Goodale said Noble’s Food Channel LLC and CultureWaves LLC businesses will continue to operate on the first floor of the larger, nearly 26,000-square-foot building through a lease arrangement. He was unsure if Pittsburgh-based Gatesman Inc. would stay on as a second-floor tenant.
Gatesman last year purchased Noble’s marketing firm Noble Communications Co.
Goodale added the signature giant fork outside the Noble offices will stay in place.
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