A Miami-based real estate group with historic family ties to Key West announced Tuesday it now owns a Duval Street gem: the Walgreens building that once housed the Strand Theater.
The 10,000-square-foot building still has the iconic marquee and facade from the legendary Strand movie theater, which opened in the 1920s.
“It will be a Walgreens for the foreseeable future,” said Caroline Williams, a publicist for the buyer, the Orion Real Estate Group, in an email to Keys Weekly on Wednesday.
The building has two one-bedroom apartments in the back that Orion plans to renovate.
“But there won’t be any major redevelopment as it is a historic building.” Williams said.
“We are thrilled to close on this Walgreens building located on the well-known Duval Street in Key West,” said Joseph Sanz, Orion’s executive chairman, in a statement. “This is a very meaningful acquisition for us.”
Jaime and Margarita Sanz emigrated from Spain to Key West, via Havana, on the Olivette steamship in 1902. Within 20 years, the Sanz family opened the Victoria Restaurant at the corner of Duval and Greene streets that later became the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar.
The couple lived at 121 Duval Street and their four children were born here. The family left Key West for Miami in 1920.