Bring Funeral Homes will close its historic downtown location and consolidate its business to its 6910 E. Broadway chapel as of Dec. 1.
No jobs will be affected by the change and all arrangements made at the downtown location, at 236 S. Scott Ave., will be honored, said Paul Neville, general manager of Bring.
Several factors were considered in making the decision to close, Neville said. “As the years have gone by, downtown Tucson, like many cities experienced a decline in real estate as far as people living downtown goes,” he said.
“Tucson grew to the east and to the north. ... So we experienced less and less people wanting to use the downtown facility, so we had to make a decision.”
In fact, Neville said 90 percent of Bring’s business had now been taking place at the east-side location. “Downtown is making a beautiful comeback,” Neville said. “But obviously that’s not conducive to the funeral home business. It’s not like they’re building nursing homes downtown. They’re building those in the east.”
Bring’s Broadway Chapel recently completed a two-year $300,000 renovation, which included movable chairs, a floor-to-ceiling makeover of the chapel, flat-screen televisions for video presentations, a state-of-the-art sound system, a complete new landscaping design, and a remodel of the lobby, hallway and downstairs, he said.
The crematory was also moved to the Broadway site, he added.
Bring has been in business since 1928 at the downtown location. It has worked with more than 25,000 families in that building.
It handled the arrangements for Catholic Diocese of Tucson Bishop Emeritus Manuel D. Moreno in 2006.
The downtown funeral home also handled arrangements for many of the 29 people who were killed in the Pioneer Hotel fire of 1970, Neville said.