As some of you may know and most don't, the Dixie Distributing building was condemned a year or two ago and they've been running on backup generators ever since because the city cut their power. The building's a sprawling monster, with over 1 million square feet and if I remember correctly 7 stories tall. I visited there a few years back and it was a surreal experience to say the least.....like a futuristic movie after the apocalypse. Floors were flooded with water, one floor was burned out, 1000's of boxes and crates everywhere, the outside was vandalized with graffiti and the windows that weren't broken out were shot. The red brick showed its age like it was ready to give up at any second and the whole block which the building took up seemed to be a century older than anything else around. Maybe the time of day had a lot to do with the ominous mood......I was there at dusk and used a flashlight on several of the floors I was allowed to visit.....just creepy.
Anyway, I finally got a hold of someone today and they're negotiating with the city to let them back in, but they don't have any information at the moment for me. They're taking names and will call if and when they are back.
What this means is, a lot of parts are in there and a lot of people depend on Harry and Dixie for parts. If they are evicted, there is going to be a void in the market until they can find a new location. I know I buy quite a few things from Dixie and now all orders are on hold until I hear something. In some cases, there is no alternative source......and if there is.....it's usually over twice the price.
I'll try to keep this up to date as I find out more info.