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Former Del’s store set to be demolished soon after purchase by Collier County

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The former Del’s 24 Hour Store and an adjacent warehouse will be demolished soon, most likely in February, said Debrah Forester, director of Collier County’s Community Redevelopment Agency. Collier County purchased the East Naples property in November for $2,118,000 from Theresa Ackerman, the widow of Del Ackerman, who owned and operated the local convenience store for more than 55 years. Ackerman died in August 2019 at the age of 83 and his landmark store closed a year later after operating around the clock since 1963. The recent sale included three small parcels totaling 1.84 acres on what is known as Del’s Corner, the southeast corner of Thomasson and Bayshore drives. While the 3,600-square-foot retail store and the 3,920-square-foot wholesale warehouse at 2808 Thomasson Drive will be razed soon, the small building behind them associated with a boat brokerage business at 4825 Bayshore Drive will remain, Forester said. Henry Lowewho operated Lowe’s Marine Sales there, relocated his business last weekend to 2382 Linwood Way in East Naples. Del’s Used Tires shop, which had leased the warehouse from Ackermanwill relocate its business nearby to 4000 Bayshore Drive during the weekend of Jan. 16. The county will provide an opportunity for community feedback for future use proposals of the vacated property, which will be rezoned and redeveloped, Forester said. “We think there’s great opportunity with its location,” she said.

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