The Many Incarnations of 1037 Park Street

February 9th, 2016, 11:01H · Topics: Around Town, Business · Print

Show in this 1950’s image with the single longest running tenant, F.W. Woolworth Co., this building at 1037 Park Street in the historic 5-Points shopping district of Jacksonville has been the home of numerous businesses since it first showed up in the city directory listings in 1928. Prior to that time the area was listed as residential and the particular address was not listed. With the assistance of the always helpful staff that maintains the Florida Collection in the Jacksonville Public Library’s main building downtown I was able to track down a fairly comprehensive list of the occupants of the building from the last 9 decades.

1928-1931  Great A&P Tea Company (first listing of the address in city directories)

1932-1936  Towers Hardware Company

1937-1938  listed as vacant

1939-1967  F.W. Woolworth Company

1968  No listings for this year at that address

1969-1972  Economy Five & Dime Department Store

1973-1976  United Five & Dime Inc.

1977-1983  Peterson Five & Ten

1984-1999  listed as both Peterson’s Variety Store and Peterson’s 5 & 10 & Flower Shop

2000-2009  Fuel Coffeehouse Inc.

2010-2014  There were no listings for this address

2015  Fitz Pullins Inventory Room is listed with the current owner

After sitting empty a number of years since Fuel Coffeehouse was in operation there, local businessman and artist Steve Williams has purchased the building and is in the process of bringing new life to the 88 year old structure. According to Williams the street level portion of the building will house Hoptinger, a German/American beer garden. There are also plans for a rooftop beer garden. The second floor is currently in the planning phase but Williams foresees it as a mixed use office space.


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  1. 1 Steve Williams February 9th, 2016 15:05H

    THANK YOU BOB i really appreciate this and love seeing that old photo !
    wonder if they had a lunch counter originally…………

    • 2 bob February 9th, 2016 15:53H

      Steve, I really don’t know. I haven’t seen any interior photographs in the collection.

    • 3 Alan Sigle December 14th, 2020 22:35H

      I was in here often as a child. The toys were all the way in the back. I remember my mom buying me a Pokey once. Another day, I was looking at comic books and my mom had walked outside. She was right outside the front door. I selected a comic book and asked the clerk how much it was (I think I was like 6 at the time). She told me and I ran outside to ask my mom if I could have it. The clerk thought I was running off with it and chased me down. Anyway, I dont remember them having a lunch counter, but there was an Eckerd Drugs across the street, down a bit from the theater, toward the park. They had a lunch counter there. It was really crammed in there too.

  2. 4 lawmn1717 April 20th, 2016 14:50H

    I absolutely love browsing through the gallery of old photos. I wonder if you can tell me what was originally housed in the cool building now housing Burro Bar, which I understand is closing soon. It’s a beautiful building.

  3. 5 Bill Queen August 11th, 2016 18:58H

    When this store was Peterson’s, a family we knew through church, my grandmother was allowed to sell small knitted items on consignment in the store: baby clothes and Christmas doll tree ornaments. She lived in the Presbyterian House, just behind the Wendy’s at Five Points. It was fun to walk by the store and see my grandmother’s things on display there.

  4. 6 peggy harrell May 14th, 2019 12:57H

    so interesting to see all this info gathered into a concise history with wonderful photos. thanks.

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