Update: the Ravens Pharmacy sign is not going anywhere

photo by Scott Dorn
photo by Scott Dorn

Ravens Pharmacy on Jefferson Boulevard is for lease, as we mentioned this week. But do not panic, Oak Cliff. The iconic raven sign is not going anywhere.

It’s part of what makes the building so special, says Daniel Rivas, who bought the building last year with two of his partners at Centennial Real Estate.

“It will not be removed under any circumstances,” Rivas says. “We appreciate that it’s a landmark. It adds to the character of the neighborhood and the character of the boulevard.”

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The partners have told anyone interested that the sign cannot be removed.

So far, interest has been all over the board.

Owners of a donut shop, a pharmacy, medical and dental clinics, a cigar shop, restaurant upstarts and a cellphone store all have called on the property.

Rivas says he would love to turn the building into a neighborhood restaurant, but converting a building to a restaurant could be cost prohibitive.

But to reiterate, anyone who wants the building has to live with the sign.

“It’s a nonstarter if you want to talk about doing anything with that sign,” he says.

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  • The Shepherd

    Complementing synergies still do not exist on Jefferson Blvd. When landlords ask these sorts of rental rates, they don’t care if the tenant works 100 hour weeks and never makes a dime. If the owners basis in this site justifies that rate he simply paid to much for the building. As far as Lake Co properties are concerned his ego is a large part of the equation, a perspective tenant should interview Jim Lake tenants before signing up. Doesn’t matter if it’s BAD, Trinity Design or Downtown Waxahachie the stories the same, a legacy of poor and uncaring managment.

  • Mountain Creek

    It’d be a cool bookstore. Call it “Poe’s”

  • downtownworker

    $5,000 a month is an obscene amount for such a small space on Jefferson. How much are they charging in BAD?

  • nonono

    I don’t see anything going in here much less staying at 5k a month. These are Jim Lake prices and you’re seeing the turn over and exodus from BAD because of it.

  • Cairenn Day

    My dad worked for George Raven, when he opened the first pharmacy on Jefferson right after WW II. George and my dad were the pharmacists there. The old store is where my parents met.

    When George was discussing a sign, my dad suggested that he use a Raven as the logo. So in some ways that sign is still evidence of my dad’s influence.

  • downtownworker

    That is good to know. Please, no dental office or cell phone store. I would likely go for donuts & coffee…. definitely if it were a good little restaurant.