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L&W Insurance opens Greenville office

Katie Tabeling

Employees and business leaders cut the ribbon on L&W Insurance’s latest office in Greenville. | DBT PHOTO BY KATIE TABELING

GREENVILLE — L&W Insurance has cut the ribbon on its latest office at Greenville’’s Holladay House, celebrating its position as the only independent insurance agency in all three counties in the First State.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be here. Our agency was born in 1932, and this is our first physical location in New Castle County. I don’t think we could have picked a better spot,” L&W Insurance President Bill Strickland told a crowd of employees and business community members Wednesday evening.

The Holladay House off Kennett Pike is part of a historic estate and is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Holladay-Harrington House. The building was designed in 1927 by well-known Delaware architect E. William Martin, who also built cottages on what’s known as Longwood Gardens as well as schools and residences in Wilmington.

For years, L&W Insurance was primarily based in an office in Kent County, but its divisions in commercial insurance, benefits insurance and personal insurance have steadily grown outside that footprint. Its service territory has expanded to Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In 2020, L&W Insurance built a new office in Ocean View and quietly opened it for business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm started to look for office space in Wilmington earlier this year to match its client base.

“We really wanted to be part of the community because we are committed to this area. This office really is the last piece of the puzzle,” L&W Insurance Director of Organizational Culture and Communications Chelsea Clark said.

Patterson-Schwartz & Associates leased out both the Holladay and Harrington houses on the estates until recently. The real estate branch is still in the Harrington house on the property. L&W Insurance started leasing the 15,982-square-foot space in May, and plans to keep doing so for years, Clark added. The space was recently renovated.

L&W Insurance will have at least four employees working out of its new Greenville office, and has 39 employees overall.

“Our goal in New Castle County is to make ourselves available to all our clients in need,” Clark said. “This office isn’t about having a cubicle, it’s about having a nice, permanent space for both our employees and clients to come together. We’re hoping to continue our growth in the years to come.”

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