Tuesday, February 25, 2014

St. Petersburg's 2700 block demolished to make way for Trader Joe's

Demolition begins ahead of Trader Joe's store in St. Pete.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM


click to enlarge Demolition of the former Ringside Cafe venue, built in 1912. - PHIL BARDI
  • Phil Bardi
  • Demolition of the former Ringside Cafe venue, built in 1912.

Four months ago, businesses on St. Petersburg's 2700 block of Fourth Street were told they'd need relocate. The property's landlord informed tenants that he'd accepted an offer from Trader Joe's for the site

St. Petersburg's Ringside Cafe, Casita Taqueria, Classy Closet, Northeast Pyramid Barber Shop, and Fourth Street Boxing Gym have since moved, and demolition on the site began earlier this week. 

click to enlarge The site is being demolished to make room for Trader Joe's. - PHIL BARDI
  • Phil Bardi
  • The site is being demolished to make room for Trader Joe's.

Tuesday morning, Ringside Cafe's long-standing 1912 locale was crushed by cranes. The site will soon house a 12,000-square-foot Trader Joe's speciality store. Trader Joe's is slated to open this fall.

click to enlarge Cranes took down adjacent Fourth St. Boxing Gym, Classy Closet, Casita Taqueria and Ringside Cafe. - PHIL BARDI
  • Phil Bardi
  • Cranes took down adjacent Fourth St. Boxing Gym, Classy Closet, Casita Taqueria and Ringside Cafe.

Ringside Cafe moved 16 Second St. N., inside the old Club Detroit at the end of last year. Casita Taqueria is currently under construction at its new home at 2663 Central Ave., they hope to reopen in the coming weeks. Classy Closet is at 540 Central Ave., and Fourth Street Boxing Gym has a massive new space at 2575 28th Ave. N. 

This is an updated version of an earlier post.

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