"When I opened up,” Tony Sandoval said. “All the dreams I had."
Tony ran his personal business and the North Yakima Historic group from this shop. He says closing it feels like a death in the family.
"When you start a business, you know maybe hand it down to a second generation,” Tony said. “But, in my case, probably not."
Track 29 has been around for about 20 years. Time and weather have taken a toll. The stores need repairs, but still caught the eye of a West Side couple driving through town.
"Saw the sign for the restaurant and it just looked like a neat place to walk,” Joyce Meyer said.
Tony led the movement to try to save Track 29. He hoped Yakima officials would do something. But, city leaders say the bankruptcy is a private deal that can't be stopped.
"At least, you know, write us a letter and say we feel for you, for your loss, what you're going through,” Tony said. “But, they did nothing."
Joann Beaulaurier says her family helped develop the shopping center. They paid for a memorial brick out front. She still does accounting for one shop.
"This concept was wonderful. And, to tear it down and make a parking lot just doesn't even make sense,” Joann said.
After Tony packs it up, there will be just two tenants left. Taylor Tots Day Care and Russillo's. It’s not clear if Taylor Tots plans to relocate, but it’s not quite the end of the road for Russillo's.
The restaurant was given an extra month to move all of their equipment. And, the owner tells KIMA they're actively looking for a new location in downtown Yakima.
"It's a very sad day for Yakima and our historic district,” Joann said.
Its clearance day here and everything must go before the cranes move in to demolish it.
Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke tells K-I-M-A he sympathizes for the tenants of Track 29.