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Family Dollar Gets Closer As Tenants Move Out

The companies calling 5100 North Florida Avenue home have vacated.

The Filters Plus business that called 5100 North Florida Avenue home for the last sixteen years moved out today after holding out longer than the accompanying businesses.

The building has been vacated after it was purchased by retail giant Family Dollar, causing a community backlash that has been a hot button issue in Seminole Heights over the last month.

"We were here for sixteen years so obviously we're sad to leave," owner Tom Waites said.

Filters Plus will be moving to Benjamin Road by the airport. As for the other businesses that called the building home, "they're long gone" according to Waites.

Waites and his wife, Becky, don't see the move entirely as a bad thing as they'll be closer to their home in Carrollwood at the new location, but the move was not something they ever planned. Family Dollar purchased the site despite the Filters Plus owners not actively seeking a buyer.

"We didn't have it up for sale, they just came in and bought it," Becky said. "I guess they know where they want to be."

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David Rice September 01, 2012 at 02:21 AM
And John- we don't fabricate things at Patch. It was an honest mistake when typing. I accidentally wrote "we didn't know it was for sale" in the original piece instead of "we didn't have it up for sale". Boneheaded mistake, but I assure you I was out in front of the store today chatting with them as they moved. I just messed that one up. Sorry for the confusion everybody.
bianca orta September 01, 2012 at 06:34 PM
while i enjoy going to family dollar and getting things a little cheaper, i just ask how many more do we need? there are a least 5 i can go to from where i live. i say no more.
Jason Colon September 01, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I live in Seminole heights and I love living here. I do NOT want a family dollar here. What we really need is a more restaurants and mom and pop shopping stores. We should be focusing on buying out these car dealerships. They make Seminole heights look bad and not only that, they block FL ave when trying to get out of these streets. They need to move all the car dealerships from FL ave and Hillsborough back all the way past Waters ave near the Home Depot. Seminole heights would benefit more that way I believe, it would be nicer, safer and more opportunities for practical mom and pop businesses to come in the area versus these chain stores. It would increase property values and more people would move in the area and help fix it up....but that’s just my opinion.
Jason Colon September 01, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I live in Seminole heights and I love living here. I do NOT want a family dollar here. What we really need is a more restaurants and mom and pop shopping stores. We should be focusing on buying out these car dealerships. They make Seminole heights look bad and not only that, they block FL ave when trying to get out of these streets. They need to move all the car dealerships from FL ave and Hillsborough back all the way past Waters ave near the Home Depot. Seminole heights would benefit more that way I believe, it would be nicer, safer and more opportunities for practical mom and pop businesses to come in the area versus these chain stores. It would increase property values and more people would move in the area and help fix it up....but that’s just my opinion.
Mr. Bill September 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Watch it around here David! They will pick your bones clean before you knew you were sick!

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