Long-running auction, Gordyville USA event center for sale
June 2—GIFFORD — After 35 years as a family-friendly auction and event center, Gordyville USA is up for sale.
Champaign commercial realtor Jon Fisher said he listed Gifford’s 39.1-acre property for $4 million on Wednesday – along with a 144,000-square-foot building, another 11,000-foot building square footage, over 1,000 square feet of office space and parking for over 500.
Established as an equestrian and auction storefront by legendary auctioneer Gordon Hannagan and his wife, Jan, Gordyville has been operated for decades by their children and some of their children’s spouses.
“After Gordy left, he left them big steps to fill,” Fisher said. “They did admirably, but I think they’re just tired.”
Jody Quiram, one of the Hannagan girls, said that Gordyville is currently hers; his two brothers, Jim and Ed Hannagan; his sister, Mary Hannagan; her brother-in-law, Randy Frerichs; and her sister-in-law, Hillary Hannigan.
“We’re all entering our 60s and approaching 70s, and none of our heirs want to take over,” she said. “We’re sort of looking to slow down.”
It was an emotional decision to put the property up for sale, Quiram said.
The deaths of two siblings who did much of the company’s work contributed to the decision – Bud Hannagan, who died in 2015, and Patty Frerichs, who died in February, she said.
While owners would like Gordyville to continue to be an auction and events center, Fisher said it also has potential for buyers who want to use it for a manufacturing plant, warehouse or center. distribution – with plenty of room to expand.
“The buildings are in excellent condition,” he said. “They put a lot of money into it.”
Home to many horse shows throughout the year, Gordyville has also hosted fundraisers such as the University of Illinois’ Coaches Vs. Cancer, rodeos, country music concerts, ranching events, trade shows and the Gifford community Christmas craft show.
Gordyville also has significant online sales activity, continues to book events and expects to honor all contracts through the end of the year, Quiram said.
“There’s a lot of stuff out there, so hopefully someone will want to carry on with what we’re doing,” she said. “It’s vital for the community.”
Many couples got engaged in Gordyville, and many people named their horses and dogs Gordy after his father, Quiram said.
“We had a lot of fun there,” she said.