The almost 1-acre property for the new, 7,381-square-foot retail auto parts store is at 707 Harbor Blvd. just east of the Circle K food mart.
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DESTIN — The buildings that once housed the original Graffiti restaurant and Funky Blues Shack by Beach Drive are being demolished to make way for an AutoZone store.
The almost 1-acre property for the new, 7,381-square-foot retail auto parts store is at 707 Harbor Blvd. (U.S. Highway 98) just east of the Circle K food mart.
Destin officials approved the site plan and issued a final development order for the project on Jan. 2. AutoZone spokesman Ray Pohlman could not be reached for comment on when the new store would open and the number of jobs it would offer.
The original Graffiti restaurant and Funky Blues Shack opened in 1995 and closed in November 2016. A second Graffiti and “Shack” had operated at Baytowne Wharf for 10 years before being relocated last January to the old Chili’s restaurant spot at 34902 Emerald Coast Parkway.
Memphis, Tennessee-based AutoZone has more than 6,000 stores across the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Brazil, according to company information.
Locally, the company has stores in Fort Walton Beach, Ocean City and Niceville.
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