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Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Turning Historic Waco Newspaper Building Into Magnolia Headquarters

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Chip and Joanna Gaines have purchased the historic, three-story Waco Tribune-Herald building (900 Franklin Avenue) with the intent to turn it into Magnolia headquarters.

Per Fox News, the Waco newspaper building will be used as an office space, production studio, test kitchen and warehouse. The $13 million real estate redevelopment is located near Magnolia Market at the Silos. The project will bring over 200 jobs to Texas.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the Tribune-Herald is moving from its home for 70 years to a different downtown location.

The Gaines family instantly became household names when Fixer Upper first debuted on HGTV in 2013. The couple not only completely transformed the appeal of the small Waco, Texas, known mostly as the home of their alma mater Baylor University, but also turned their Magnolia realty business into more than they could have ever dreamed of.

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Joanna had first gotten a taste of being in front of the camera by starring in car commercials for her father's business. A young Chip kept coming in for "car repairs" until he finally ran into her in 2001 and asked her out, complimenting her commercials. In The Magnolia StoryChip wrote that he almost messed up his chances with Joanna because he placed a $50 bet with a friend to see who could wait for the longest before calling back their dates. Luckily, Jo gave him another chance, but took her time warming up to him.

The couple tied the knot in 2003 and Magnolia Market opened soon after. They couple began selling the farmhouse decor items that have become synonymous with Jo Jo's signature style. Before becoming Fixer Upper stars, the couple also welcomed four children -- Drake, Duke, Ella and Emmie. Baby Crew followed in 2018.

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