City Of Beckley Officially Closes On Old Zen's Building

The city of Beckley has officially closed on a property that will house the newest Fruits of Labor site.

Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold made this announcement during the Tuesday, Sept. 14, meeting of the common council.

“We did close today with Jenny Weng on the Zen’s building, so we are now the owner’s of the Zen’s building, and the parking lot across the street,” Rappold stated. “We will begin to do a few things, cleaning up, et cetera, for the Zen’s building—as any landlord would do.”

Rappold continued that City Attorney William File is reviewing the lease agreement with Fruits of Labor — a culinary arts training center and cafe that helps those in recovery gain a skill and find employment in the restaurant business.

The city purchased the building, located on Neville Street, for $1,110,000.

Tammy Jordan, CEO of Fruits of Labor, opened her flagship location in the Greenbrier County town of Rainelle, where the cafe is a beloved part of the community. Since the founding of Fruits of Labor in 2001, Jordan has been expanding her business. The new Alderson location held its soft-opening during the first week in September.

Rappold stated in an earlier common council meeting, that he hopes Fruits of Labor will become an “anchor” in the revitalization efforts of uptown Beckley.

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