This photo, from June 1995 and apparently taken from atop the former Salter School building at 16th Avenue East and London Road in Duluth, shows a couple of chain businesses that are no longer there: A boarded-up Holiday Stationstore to the right, and a then-operating Hardee’s restaurant on the other side of 16th Avenue East.
The photo was taken at a time when some businesses along London Road were struggling in the wake of the 1992 opening of the Interstate 35 extension. The new freeway and its tunnels allowed drivers to bypass downtown Duluth and instead exit at 21st or 26th avenues East — thus avoiding this stretch of London Road.
According to the News Tribune’s files, the Holiday station closed in 1995, the year this photo was taken (two other Holiday stations are in operation today farther east on London Road).
The Hardee’s restaurant closed in September 1996.
In a September 1996 article, written to announce the Hardee’s closure, the News Tribune reported that “Several other London Road businesses have moved or closed in the wake of the I-35 extension. … London Road Liquor, which stood at 19th Avenue East for 28 years, also closed. Orchard’s Pie Shop and Restaurant was replaced by Louis’ Cafe. And a Perkins Restaurant moved to 26th Avenue East in hopes of recapturing the North Shore traffic.”
The Holiday building was renovated and is now home to Downtown Computer. The site of Hardee’s is now occupied by Edina Realty.
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