Medical building rising where funeral home stood
Since opening in 1920, the John S. Rhodes Funeral Home has arranged 30,000 services, including those for Aymer Vinoy Laughner, Al Lang and George Gandy. When it closed eight years ago, the 23,000-square-foot building at 635 Fourth St. N was thought to be the oldest business on the street.
After sitting on the market with an asking price of $2 million, it has been bought and demolished to make way for a two-story, 15,500-square-foot medical office offering dialysis.
A corporation headed by M.K. Acharya of Hudson paid $1.2 million for the property. Construction should start within a month, according to architect Jay Myers of Myers & Associates Architecture.
Walmart: Yes, we're moving in
Many weeks after renovations started, Walmart has confirmed that it is opening a Neighborhood Market in the former Publix at 6850 Gulfport Blvd. S. The store is slated to open in early March and will employ about 95 people, according to Walmart spokeswoman Christina Morton.
Golf shop opens on Fourth
Fourth Street Golf, a new shop offering new and used merchandise, is open at 6835 Fourth St. N. Owner Jim Wilson spruced up a former deli, added a putting green, and is buying, selling and trading.
Simply Delicious goes kaput
Simply Delicious, the New York-style restaurant with piano bar, has served its last latke. The eatery with a long menu based on Big Apple favorites from different cultures closed Oct. 12.
Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer