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Store demolished on West Boulevard and Worley Street

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 3:40 p.m. CDT; updated 9:28 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 16, 2010

COLUMBIA — John Cleek Sr. is still deciding what he wants to put on the vacant lot at West Boulevard and Worley Street that used to house Cleek's Appliances and Home Furnishing.

"The old store there just became an eyesore," said John Cleek Sr., who demolished the building that housed his store. "It was an obsolete building with 8-foot ceilings and poles all over that didn't work for retail or anything else."

Cleek said that remodeling would have cost more than the building was worth, so demolishing it was the most economical option.

Neighbors said they are curious about the demolition, but haven't heard what kind of building will take the place of the appliances and furnishing store.

"We used to have a grocery store across the street, so it might be nice to have something like that," said Carey Balthazor, who lives near the intersection.

Another neighbor, Evelyn Tatum, agreed, though she said she probably wouldn't mind whatever Cleek decides to build.

Cleek said he is exploring options for what to build in the store's place, and will decide what will go there within two to four weeks.

"Something nice will go in there," Cleek said.


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