Whether that’s in three weeks or sometime in the new year, he hasn’t decided.
King is selling his land at the southwest corner of the intersection to CVS, which is putting a pharmacy there.
Don Ablah and his son, Christian, of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.
It looks like King may be leaning toward staying open until CVS starts construction.
“The answer’s probably yes — if I can last that long,” says the 92-year-old, laughing.
As a third generation builder, King says he probably shouldn’t have ventured into furniture sales.
“I probably never should have gotten into a retail store,” he says. “Not my specialty.”
He says he opened it “to give my wife a job.”
Pat King had been a teacher.
“I made her into a furniture sales lady,” Tony King says. “I had to learn the business the hard way.”
At the time they opened the store, it was in the corner of the strip center at the intersection.
They briefly closed the store when Pat King became ill about a decade ago. When Tony King reopened it about a year later, it was in the building behind the former store, where it’s been since.
“I may be back in the corner again,” King says.
He says he can’t lease the Habitat space to anyone else for the short time it’ll be vacant, which is part of the reason he’s considering moving in.
“I don’t particularly want to. I think we do all right right here.”
So why bother?
“Well, we’ve got a lot to sell.”
The Habitat space has much better visibility. The space King is currently in will be torn down for CVS parking.
Everybody’s Family Restaurant also is at the center, and King says he’s trying to work on possibly moving it to a building he has on George Washington Boulevard.
He’s working with the city on trying to get a prohibited left turn lifted that would make the space more accessible.
All the while, he’s contemplating what to do with his own store.
“I like the business,” he says. “I have a good staff and things are going pretty good now.”
He says the store is “something to do. Keep me busy. And I like to make money.”
“I enjoy the customers. I enjoy the people. As long as I feel as good as I do, I hate to give up.”
That doesn’t mean he’s feeling great, though.
King had a couple of strokes last year.
“I’ve slowed down, and I don’t hear good.”
Still, he laughs a lot and seems to have a particularly positive personality.
“I’m just lucky to keep alive.”