SouthComm Inc. announced Tuesday that it has acquired the assets of Washington City Paper and Creative Loafing Atlanta from Creative Loafing Inc.
Nashville-based SouthComm, owner of Nashville Post, last fall acquired Creative Loafing papers in Tampa and Charlotte from the same company.
“I am excited to welcome these two excellent papers to SouthComm,” SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell said in a release. “Washington City Paper and Creative Loafing are two of the leading alt-weeklies in the country in two of the most influential cities in the world. I look forward to working with the staff in both markets to build on their legacy of strong news reporting and in-depth coverage of dining, music, arts and culture.”
In addition to the weekly alternative papers in Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Tampa and Washington, D.C., SouthComm also owns publications in Cincinnati, Kansas City and Louisville. With the eight, the company becomes the nation’s second-largest publisher of alternative weeklies.
“In cities across the Southeast and Midwest, we are developing a model that fills the needs of both readers and advertisers by building around our weeklies a suite of niche publications and products,” Ferrell said. “Atlanta and D.C. are larger cities than some of our other markets, but we think the same principles still apply. We believe relationships with readers and advertisers matter, and we will try to uphold and build on the relationships these two papers have established over the years in Atlanta and D.C.”