The Filters Plus business that called 5100 North Florida Avenue home for the last sixteen years moved out today after holding out longer than the accompanying businesses.
The building has been vacated after it was purchased by retail giant Family Dollar, causing a community backlash that has been a hot button issue in Seminole Heights over the last month.
"We were here for sixteen years so obviously we're sad to leave," owner Tom Waites said.
Filters Plus will be moving to Benjamin Road by the airport. As for the other businesses that called the building home, "they're long gone" according to Waites.
Waites and his wife, Becky, don't see the move entirely as a bad thing as they'll be closer to their home in Carrollwood at the new location, but the move was not something they ever planned. Family Dollar purchased the site despite the Filters Plus owners not actively seeking a buyer.
"We didn't have it up for sale, they just came in and bought it," Becky said. "I guess they know where they want to be."
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