A wrecking crew took fewer than 30 minutes to turn the old home of Tomlinson Furniture into rubble Tuesday morning to make way for a new building.
After standing for more than a century on the corner of Hospital and Walkers roads, the old building, which has been home to Tomlinson Furniture for the past 38 years and home to the Ramon Martinez family in earlier years, was demolished.
In its place will be a three-story building and the new home of Tomlinson Furniture.
While the work is going on, the store is operating out of the Mattress Gallery next door, which formerly had been the medical practice office of Dr. Steve Tomlinson.
Work is expected to be completed by November.
The new structure will be phase one of the Tomlinson building development. Once phase one is completed, the building that now accommodates the Mattress Gallery will be torn down, and work on phase two will begin.
Tomlinson Furniture will be on the first floor of the new building. The second floor will house offices of owner Jacqui Tomlinson-Smith, and the third floor will be rented, “preferably with something medical,” Ms. Tomlinson-Smith said.
Watching the demolition take place across the road in the company of family and staff, Ms. Tomlinson-Smith said she watched with mixed emotions as the old building came down.
“It was nostalgic feelings, as well as the joy of a new era beginning. It was like a part of us and my parents was being taking away, but at the same time, my parents would have been very proud of what we proposed because that was what they asked us to do,” she said.
“My dad gave me something that had its time and now it is time to move on. It was something he wanted to see fulfilled with Dr. Tomlinson, tearing down his old clinic next door for the new building,” she added.
The old store was owned and operated by the late Tony and Chrissie Tomlinson. It was willed to Jacqui Tomlinson-Smith, their youngest child, who has operated the store with the help of her daughter Renee Whorms and son Vaughn.
“We look forward to having a simple and short groundbreaking ceremony,” said Ms. Tomlinson-Smith.