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Wild Birds Unlimited, 3304 Forest Drive: 2009 (moved)   6 comments

Posted at 11:39 pm in stores

In my childhood, this little strip in front of Richland Mall was the first (or first I knew of) location for Ambassador Animal Hospital, which later moved down Forest Drive east of Trenholm. Our dog always seemed to know when the car was headed in that direction. She would always act a bit off there, and I vividly recall the one and only time that she snatched a fly from the air and ate it was in the Ambassador lobby.

Since then the strip has been through a major overhaul, possibly at the same time the old Richland Mall went to the enclosed "Fashion" incarnation though I could be wrong about that.

I know that Wild Birds Unlimited was there for quite a while, but I never had the need to go in. I noticed the other day that the building was vacant, and a google search reveals that WBU has moved to the Piggly Wiggly plaza by Cardinal Newman.

UPDATE 6 March 2010 -- Here's the new location:

UPDATE 8 June 2010 -- Looks like some work is being done on the old location:

Written by ted on February 8th, 2010

6 Responses to 'Wild Birds Unlimited, 3304 Forest Drive: 2009 (moved)'

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  1. Ted, are you sure the animal hospital occupied the whole building? There used to be an Ace or True Value hardware store there for years.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    9 Feb 10 at 6:13 am

  2. No, I'm pretty sure it was located here, but it probably wasn't the whole thing.

    ted

    9 Feb 10 at 9:37 am

  3. Also there was a Baskin-Robbins.

    Mike

    9 Feb 10 at 1:16 pm

  4. That building also housed The Sportsman Barber Shop that we've talked about previously.

    Around about the summer of 1972 this building had a major overhaul. I remember riding my bike past and was curious about the new ice cream place that was going to open, across the street from Zesto's (!?), a "Baskin Robbins." Never heard of such. I stuck my head in the door and asked if they were hiring yet, ( I was a 14-year-old hippie) and a manly-looking fella about my father's age said "I'll hire you if you get a haircut," in a very aggressive way, plainly looking to either start an argument or teach me a lesson. I asked what he was paying and he said "I'll tell you when you come back with short hair." I just said "okay" and pedalled off.

    Dennis

    9 Feb 10 at 5:58 pm

  5. The Baskin Robbins moved when they changed into Richland Fashion Mall. BR moved into the shopping center by Cardinal Newman.

    Mr Bill

    10 Feb 10 at 3:48 pm

  6. A doctor's office of some sort is open here now (or will be soon if not already the case)

    Andrew

    7 Feb 11 at 7:52 pm

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