Former Olan Mills property sold

For Immediate Release

Contact: April Linnemann |

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE | April 30th, 2021 | The former Olan Mills property in Bonny Oaks Industrial Park was sold by Bryan Rudisill, SIOR, Vice President of NAI Charter. The facility was taken over by Lifetouch in 1999 in association with the corporate sale of Olan Mills to Lifetouch.  At the height of its operation, the facility was home to some 600 employees. The facility includes 73,000 square feet of specialty purpose design built for the processing of family, school, and church portraits.  The building was built in 1990 on approximately 11.5 acres. Shutterfly Inc. ultimately consumed all the assets of Lifetouch and shut down operations of the plant in 2020.

Goodwill Industries, Inc. purchased the facility. The purchase price is undisclosed.  Goodwill will transform the property into their offices, and a job training facility, in addition to utilizing the property for other community services and outreach. Plans are to relocate entirely from their current location to the new facility as soon as possible.

About Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chattanooga area
Since 1923, Chattanooga Goodwill Industries has helped people with disabilities and other disadvantages get the training and support they need to find competitive employment in the community. Chattanooga Goodwill Industries provides a hand-up, not a handout, to people who face a variety of barriers. Challenges might be mental, physical, and emotional disabilities or other disadvantages such as a lack of education or a long absence from the working world. We are a member agency of Goodwill Industries International and United Way of Greater Chattanooga, and we are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Chattanooga Goodwill Industries serves 23 counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.

About NAI Charter
Founded in 1972, NAI Charter is Chattanooga's premier commercial real estate service provider. Combined, our staff of six full-time brokers offers more than 100 years of experience! Two brokers hold the SIOR designation and two hold the CCIM designation. NAI Charter's national resources and local knowledge help us exceed expectations by delivering finely tuned, premium services. We also offer a full-service property management division, Charter Management Company, that currently manages 32 commercial properties totaling over 845,000 SF. For more information, visit