Demolition removes more of old Midtown shopping center

By Updated: June 12, 2019 2:11 PM CT | Published: June 12, 2019 12:32 PM CT

A demolition crew is removing more of an old strip shopping center to make room for new development along Union Avenue in Midtown.

The 99-year-old shopping center had occupied an entire block of frontage, from Rozelle to Avalon.

The east end, where Sean’s Café and Happy Days Laundry burned three years ago, was demolished and replaced with the Pinnacle Bank branch that opened in May at 155 Rozelle.

The west end, which is controlled by a different owner, houses The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

The midsection is now being demolished by developer Ford Jarratt Realty & Development Company. The building was not structurally sound, a spokesman for the firm said.

Two small building pads, for two free-standing buildings, will be prepared for what likely will be ground leases. But the company does not have a prospective tenant yet, said the person who asked not to be identified.

The midsection now being demolished once housed businesses like Driver’s Shoe Service and Wingstop.

Demolition should be completed in about two weeks.


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Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey covers business news for The Daily Memphian. A Tupelo, Mississippi, native, he graduated from Mississippi State University. He's worked in journalism for 40 years and has lived in Midtown for 36 years.

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