We are writing in response to Daniel MacEachern’s article in the Dec. 6 edition of The Telegram regarding the condo development planned for the former Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop building on LeMarchant Road.
Developer Gary Reardon, in response to concerns raised by area residents, is quoted as having said the site will look better than the “eyesore” the building was previously, either as a gas station or “a half-closed-up glass and lock store.”
As the previous owners of the “eyesore” that previously housed the “half-closed-up glass and lock store,” we take great offense to Mr. Reardon’s comments.
Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop has operated a successful, respected business in this city for 40 years, 12 of which were spent on LeMarchant Road.
During that time, the building was always well maintained. Exterior paint was refreshed on a frequent basis, the stone wall on the Lime Street side was refurbished and painted, the parking lot was well maintained, the grass was trimmed and graffiti was quickly addressed. How exactly is that an “eyesore”?
In 2011, Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop accepted an offer to purchase our building on LeMarchant Road. In preparation for our impending move, we immediately sought out and secured our new location at 142 Pennywell Rd.
In accordance with the original
offer to purchase, we vacated our LeMarchant Road property in October of 2011 and opened our new location on Pennywell Road. Through no fault of ours, transfer of ownership did not occur for seven months following our relocation, but building maintenance did not fall to wrack and ruin during that time frame.
Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop ceased to own the LeMarchant Road property as of May 2012, but we chose to leave the Tulk’s Glass & Key signage and phone number on the building so customers unaware of our relocation could easily contact us and inquire as to our new address.
Had we known the building would sit abandoned and deteriorating for 15 months, resulting in the “eyesore” it became, we certainly would never have left our signage in place and our name associated with the building.
Mr. Reardon, if the property on LeMarchant Road became an “eyesore,” it was under your ownership, not ours, and we resent your implication that our company is a “half-closed-up glass and lock store.” Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop is very much open, just as it has been for the past 40 years, just as it will be for the foreseeable future.
Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop Ltd.