Brentwood resident, Barry Williams, said he has fond memories of going to the old Manhassett Village Store, which is the only building left standing, on Eager Road, after the former Manhassett Village was demolished. Now he’d like to see it reopened as a store.
In June, Williams sent a letter to Forrest Bailey, the president and CEO of Draper & Kramer, the owner — since 1939 — of the Manhassett Village site, to try to convince him to do that.
Dear Mr. Bailey, I lived near the Manhassett Village in St. Louis County, Missouri, as a boy in the 1960s, and one of my favorite destinations in those years was the apartment complex’s quaint general store, the Village Store, located at 8915 Eager Road. This store was patronized not only by Manhassett residents, but by the residents of the adjacent and much-larger Audubon Park apartment complex, known today as Brentwood Forest. When the original Manhassett complex was demolished some years ago, the only structure left standing was the former Village Store.
Suggestion: Please return this historic building to its original purpose – a convenience store – as part of your Manhassett redevelopment project. Many residents of Richmond Heights and Brentwood would love this! Many of us are still around here from those years and still reminisce about the old store. Draper & Kramer would gain valuable goodwill locally were it to resurrect this store. But more importantly, it would benefit your future Manhassett residents to have a convenience store located at this walkable site on Eager Road.
I hope you can find a way to make this happen.
According to Williams, Forrest Bailey can be reached at Draper & Kramer at (312) 346-8600, or BaileyF@draperandkramer.com, for anyone else interested in promoting the cause.