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Regional daily leaves historic home after company takeover

Staff at a regional daily have hailed the “end of an era” after they left their historic home for new offices.

Wolverhampton’s Express & Star is leaving its Queen Street HQ for a new base at Mander House, an office development located above one of the city’s major shopping centres.

The move had been on the cards since March, when publisher MNA Media’s then managing director Matt Ross revealed that the company was “considering various options” for the Queen Street building.

Since then, MNA Media has been taken over by National World and Matt has left the business along with a number of other staff, although no journalism jobs have so far been lost.

The building remains on the market with estate agent Knight Frank and is described as a “rare, substantial city centre mixed use opportunity with approximately 350 space multi-storey car park”.

It was highlighted as a potential investment opportunity in a prospectus published by the City of Wolverhampton Council earlier this year.

Two Express & Star sports journalists yesterday posted about the move on X after working their final shifts at the old offices.

Group sports editor Russell Youll wrote: “Nearly 30 years since I first walked into this place. Now leaving after my last shift at our Queen Street HQ ahead of the Express &Star office move.

“Plenty of stories, laughs, the odd row… even gained a wife here. Been a blast. See you at the new E&S Towers at Mander House.”

Deputy group sports editor Derek Bish also posted about the move, describing it as the “end of an era at E&S Towers in Queen Street.”

National World has not so far responded to requests for a comment.