Giraphic Prints buys building _lowres


Giraphic Prints, a graphic design and T-shirt printing business, has purchased a building at 4556 Government St. and plans to move its operations to MidCity.

Giraphic paid $400,000 for the building, which was sold by Home Bank. Alex Knight, of Donnie Jarreau Real Estate, who represented Giraphic, said the property had recently been redeveloped. Mathew Laborde of Beau Box Commercial Real Estate represented the sellers.

Giraphic, which was founded in 2007 and has 12 employees, plans to move from its offices on Balis Drive, off Perkins Road, and into the building by the fall. The printing company will take up 6,000 square feet in the rear of the property and will lease out the 3,000 square feet fronting Government, said Josh Ford, who started Giraphic when he was a student at Baton Rouge Magnet High. The business has printed custom T-shirts for a range of clients, including LSU Greek organizations, Associated Grocers, Bethany World Prayer Center and The Chimes.

“This location is a good fit for us, because we wanted to stay in town and contribute to the revitalization of MidCity,” Ford said.

By having 3,000 square feet to lease out, Ford said the purchase is almost like an investment for Giraphic. Potential tenants for the space include retail or office tenants or a combination of both. “We’ve gotten interest from a few folks,” Ford said.