Union Row demolition kicks off with Lit Restaurant Supply building


More than a year after the project was announced, the first visible sign of the change that will come to Union Avenue is clear in the yellow and red bricks, shattered glass and splintered wood of the former home in downtown Memphis of Lit Restaurant Supply.

The building at 309 Union Ave. and the long-vacant Marine Supply building at 255 Union Ave. were the first to be demolished as work continued on Tuesday.

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Lit Restaurant Supply moved out of the downtown building this summer after the building was sold to Union Row developer Kevin Adams. The company was operating nearly 50 years ago. He still has three other locations in Memphis.

Residential buildings, a parking lot, new retail, green space, a new street and a hotel will stretch from Danny Thomas Boulevard west to Fourth Street when the first phase of Union Row, d ‘worth $750 million, will be completed.

Minority-owned demolition company B&W Excavation, among the first to sign contracts with the Union Row development team, is handling much of the work. When Union Row’s first phase is complete, its executives expect about $210 million of its contracts to go to minority or women-owned businesses. The B&W contact is worth around $650,000.

Desiree Stennett covers economic development and business at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected], 901-529-2738 or on Twitter: @desi_stennett.

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