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St. Petersburg veterinarian buys Warehouse Arts District landmark

Dr. Richard Wilkes, a veterinarian and entrepreneur, has purchased the building that houses Vintage Marché in the Warehouse Arts District.

Wilkes bought the property, at 2200 2nd Ave. S., for $2.8 million, according to a deed recorded Sept. 25 in Pinellas County. He bought the property through one of his companies, RWTV LLC.

Wilkes did not respond to several requests from St. Pete Catalyst for comment.

The 35,000-square-foot building was built in 1946, Pinellas County property records show. At one time, it was a piano factory. The most recent owner, prior to Wilkes, was real estate developer Phil Farley, who bought it in 2018 for $1.85 million.

Brocante Vintage Market operated in the building for about five years until last December, when Vintage Marché opened in the space. Vintage Marché is a monthly vintage market.

The building is located an area that’s zoned for industrial use. A Miami developer, Joe Furst, founder and managing principal of Place Projects, has proposed a new zoning category, industrial mixed-use, or IMIX, which would allow arts-related retail, office and residential uses.


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In 1998, Wilkes founded a St. Petersburg company, Purchasing Services Inc., which offers veterinarians an opportunity to save money through group purchases. The company was acquired by Henry Schein Animal Health in 2016. In early 2019, Purchasing Services changed its name to PSIvet. In 2019, HSAH merged with Vets First Choice, an online pharmacy and prescription management platform, creating Coventrus (Nasdaq: CVET), with 5,000+ member practices.

Wilkes also was a member of the board of directors of the former Fourth Street Banking Co., the parent of Freedom Bank in St. Petersburg, which sold to Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida (Nasdaq: SBCF) in August for $41.7 million. Wilkes controlled 1.1 million Fourth Street Banking shares, or 9.47 percent of the stock outstanding, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Margie Manning

Margie started her journalism career as a radio news reporter in St. Louis, before putting down her microphone and picking up a pen to work at the St. Louis Business Journal. Unable to resist the call of warm weather and beaches, Margie took an entrepreneurial detour to run an ice cream shop in Treasure Island with her husband. Before joining the Catalyst, Margie spent 14 years at the Tampa Bay Business Journal where she wrote about business successes, failures and the exciting world of innovation and start-ups. Her writing coaches are Bonnie the Dog and Coffee the Cat, joined recently by a new edition, Jack the Cat. Margie can be contacted at margie@stpetecatalyst.com

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