If you had tried to buy a pair of running shoes from the downtown RunTex location the past couple of years, you probably weren’t surprised when the store was evicted from its space at South First Street and Riverside Drive last month. Well before its April 4 eviction, RunTex had ceased to be a destination store for Austin’s runners. Increasingly empty and cavernous, the Riverside store had felt terminal for a long time.
In its current form, the Riverside location’s days became numbered last fall, when the City Council approved a zoning change that allows a Phoenix-based developer to build luxury apartments on the 1.53-acre site. So change, if not demise, of the Riverside location by development was expected. Demise by eviction, despite the store’s apparent financial problems, still came as a shock.
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