Sally Beauty building on Morse

After Sally Beauty Holdings announced the closure of its distribution center at 3900 Morse St., Denton County commissioners voted to purchase the building for about $12 million.

Denton County bested multiple companies to purchase a Sally Beauty Holdings property in an area of Denton where the county has staked a claim to build its administrative complex.

County commissioners voted last month to spend about $12 million to purchase the building, what’s left inside and 13.3 acres of land. The county says the 114,062-square-foot building — used by Sally Beauty as a distribution center before the company shut it down — will be used for county records management and as a temporary space for its emergency services department.

The county got the deal over at least one local company and a national company that were looking to buy the place, a Denton Chamber of Commerce official said.

This year, the property is valued at more than $14 million, according to the Denton Central Appraisal District and a county spokeswoman. Last year, the value including the fixtures was more than $16 million.

County leaders have their minds set toward growing and improving their workspaces. There is currently a buildup underway near the Sally Beauty distribution building, located at 3900 Morse St., to solidify the area as a major campus for county government services.

Construction on a new county courthouse in the 700 block of Karina Street began in November. Initially, estimates show the cost to build it will be about $41 million. The new courthouse is projected to be done by 2020.

Already standing in the area off Loop 288 is the Denton County Public Health and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services building, which is next to the Sally building. The Sally building is two buildings down from the Denton County Elections Administration offices.

“When we heard that this facility was available, we believed it prudent to consider buying it,” County Judge Andy Eads is quoted as saying in a news release. “A new building for records management alone would have cost in excess of $22 million, not including land costs.”

Denton-based Sally Beauty Holdings announced in February that it was closing the Morse Street distribution center by the end of March. The closure was expected to displace about two dozen workers, who a company spokesman said would not be let go and instead reassigned within the company.

At the time of that announcement, company officials didn’t say what plans they had for the building after it shuttered. The Denton Chamber of Commerce would not disclose the names of companies that went after the Sally building but did say three or four companies were competing alongside the county.

As of Tuesday afternoon, it was not clear when exactly the county would move into the building.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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