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City of Macomb Office of Downtown Development recognizes Century 21 Purdum-Epperson as a Historic Downtown Legacy Business Enterprise.

Founded in 1942, by local business owner Ralph B. Purdum and originally operated as the R.B. Purdum Real Estate Agency, the office was located at 215 East Jackson St. Mrs. Lorraine Epperson joined the firm in 1974 after her retirement as the Guidance Director at Macomb High School. Lorraine and her husband Ken purchased the business from the Purdum family in 1996 and relocated the offices to 112 N. Randolph St., the former Union National Bank building, in 1998.

With operations spanning 7 decades, Century 21 Purdum-Epperson is the longest continuously operating real estate firm in the greater Macomb region; and with nearly 5 decades of service to buyers and sellers in the real estate market, Lorraine Epperson is the longest continuously active Real Estate Broker/Agent in the greater Macomb region.

“As we often focus on attracting new business, the recognition of Century 21 Purdum-Epperson and several other businesses is meant to thank the businesses for their contribution to the community and to help preserve a thriving downtown,” said Mayor Mike Inman. 

“I always enjoy researching and learning more about the history of Downtown through this project Mayor Inman and I started in 2016. Thank you to Lorraine Epperson for her continued commitment and dedication to downtown,” stated Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry.

So far City of Macomb Downtown Development has awarded 17 businesses with the Historic Downtown Legacy Business Award, which includes Purdum Electric, Diamond Den, Citizens Bank, Terrill Title, Sir Lawrence’s Barbershop, Dick’s Barbershop, Nelson’s Clothing Store, Pumo Insurance, Gumbart’s, MidAmerica National Bank, Purdum, Gray, Ingledue, Beck Inc., Engraving by Lin, Flack, McRaven &Stephens Attorneys at Law, Masonic Lodge #17 AF & AM, Michael’s Hair Designers, Magnolia’s Restaurant and Catering, and Century 21 Purdum-Epperson.

Mayor Michael Inman and Lorraine Epperson
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