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McCrory conversion comes along

Work continues on the McCrory building on Central Avenue where Cafe Monet is the only shop open.

Eventually it will share space with two other restaurants at street level, leaving a 4,000-square-foot space plus the second floor to lease.

Rick and Mimoza Noll are redoing the old five-and-dime at 425 Central Ave. It closed in 1999.

"I'm a little guy, not deep, deep pockets. The things I am doing are budget conscious. I'm just doing one at a time," Rick Noll said of the leaseable spaces. He won't tackle the second floor until the street level is complete. Upstairs spaces range from 2,000 to 8,000 square feet.

Alex's Place, a Greek restaurant, should open in about 30 days, Noll said. He is negotiating with Quizno's to open in the third space. Facing the McCrory building, the restaurants are on the left side of the lobby, and the remaining space to lease is on the ground floor on the right side.

700 Central to add architects

ST. PETERSBURG _ An addition is under construction at the 700 Central Ave. building and will house the firm of CSJM Architects Inc.

Calvin Samuel, president of the architectural firm, is one of three partners who bought the 700 Central Ave. building more than two years ago. It was vacant then but now has been fully leased, Samuel said. A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., the national brokerage firm, has its name on the building and its St. Petersburg office on the first floor. It is one of several major tenants in the building, Samuel said.

The 4,000-square-foot addition should be ready for occupancy in April. Samuel said it was built because the building was fully leased. It also will improve the entrance to the building from the parking lot, he said.