MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - A long-awaited grocery store could open near South Main Street in downtown Memphis by the end of 2018.
Archer Custom Builders bought an empty building at 136 Webster Avenue about 18 months ago. Their intent has been to turn it into a grocery store complete with a parking lot.
Work has already begun to restore the building, originally built in 1920.
Thomas Archer, the owner of Archer Custom Builders, said they have reached out to several grocers to fill the space by the end of the year. However, if they do not have a tenant by January Archer would be up for starting a grocery himself.
"So many people here have talked about it for so many years I just thought well somebody has to do it. In the absence of anyone doing it we thought we would do it, but we do have some good prospects for grocery stores to come into the building that's really what we would like," said Archer.
Archer has big ideas for the space.
Ideally, the location would be "the heart of the neighborhood." A place people can get groceries, pick up packages, and have a meal.
Archer Custom Builders has restored a number of buildings downtown including 387 South Main and the Old Dominick Distillery.