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Nibert Realty & Auctions opens first store front with historic flair

By Staff | Sep 21, 2018

Densil Nibert, center, prepares to cut the ribbon during the grand opening ceremony for Nibert Realty & Auctions on Friday. Photo by Tabitha Johnston.

RANSON — For over 30 years, Real Estate Broker Densil Nibert has operated Nibert Realty & Auctions out of his home, with the help of his wife, Real Estate Agent Cindy Nibert, who joined the business in 2016.

Although the two retirees — Densil from a career in education and Cindy from a career as a Social Security claims representative — enjoyed the ease of working out of their home, Densil knew he wanted to move his business into an office space.

And, on Friday afternoon, his dream became a reality, during Nibert Realty & Auctions’ Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the business’ newly-renovated historic location at 100 South Mildred Street in Ranson.

“Densil had it listed, and there was not a whole lot of interest in the building, and he kept on saying ‘I should buy it,’ and I kept on saying, ‘No, you don’t need it.’ But he eventually wore me down and he bought it,” Cindy laughed.

“I just feel very blessed and excited that Densil was able to fulfill his dream of having an office, because he’s always wanted this,” Cindy said. “As you can see, he loves history, he just likes to take something and breathe life into it.”

Some of the displayed items from the grocery store at Nibert Realty & Auctions. Photo by Tabitha Johnston.

According to Densil, the building may have required some renovations to work as an office space, but the extra work was worth going through, to be able to move into a historic location with easy access to the public.

“I restored this building — this was Sager’s Grocery Store that closed in the 1960s, that the owner’s family then turned into apartments. I then purchased it and restored it for my business,” Densil said, mentioning the business will operate out of the building’s storefront area, which was one of four apartments. The other three apartment spaces will continue to be used for renters’ housing.

For many years after becoming an auctioneer in 1985, Densil would buy one item from each of his auctions — those items have been used to decorate the office, which also has a display in one corner of items left in the building from its grocery store days, including one old door, a container of Rex Roach Powder and a box of granulated Perk Soap. Another antique addition to the space’s front office is a set of original ceiling lights from Ranson Elementary School, given to the business by Hann Electric, Inc., who rewired the building.

The newest member of the business’ staff is Real Estate Agent Donnie Miller, who joined the business two weeks ago after retiring as an assistant store manager at Food Lion. Miller got his real estate license in March, and said he looks forward to working in the new space.

“I’m very excited about it — I like being in this building, because this building has a lot of memories in it,” Miller said, mentioning he grew up one street away from the building, and would ride his bicycle past it as a child.

During the ceremony, the building was packed with family, friends and community members who were excited to check out the new space.

According to one of the ceremony attendees, the Niberts’ daughter, Emily Nibert, of Ranson, the location will not only satisfy her dad’s desire for a historic business front, but it will also allow the business to be more accessible to the community.

“We’re really proud,” Emily said. “I think this will be a great opportunity for people to stop in and talk. It’s a great location.”