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VOL. 133 | NO. 27 | Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tobacco Corner Closing Last Location

By Andy Meek

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The Tobacco Corner Ltd., which has been a mainstay at the corner of South Mendenhall Road and Poplar Avenue for more than 40 years, appears on track to close its doors in April.

That’s according to Jeff Abel, whose parents Elliot and Sandra Abel opened the first Tobacco Corner on the Highland Strip in 1969.

“A lot of people knew my dad – a lot of people knew that shop,” Abel reminisced. “He started from nothing on Highland and built it up.”

The shop at 669 S. Mendenhall Road, which opened in 1972, is the last remaining location. The Abels had opened a few iterations of the shop in addition to once operating an adjacent business that sold magazines and newspapers, called the Tobacco Corner Newsroom, by their stores.

Jeff Abel, whose father died last year, said the Mendenhall location is in need of significant renovations. To have a successful tobacco shop in this day and age, he continued, a business like it also needs more – things like an upscale lounge, events, the ability to serve alcohol and coffee, he said, basically things to make it a destination.

“That’s what’s all over the country and really booming,” Abel said. “An old smoke-shop design doesn’t work in this day and age.”

Barring any change, the shop will be closing in April per an early termination of its lease.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 88 278 924
MORTGAGES 80 320 1,066
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 67 202
BUILDING PERMITS 120 590 2,248
BANKRUPTCIES 55 222 624
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 162 462
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 15 94 274
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 49 130