A long time ago when Indian River County was mostly citrus groves and cattle, this building in downtown Vero Beach used to be a feed store that met many of the agricultural needs of the community. I remember it as a place where we used to buy chicks to raise in our small chicken operation that produced a fair amount of eggs daily along with having a unique aesthetic appeal whenever the roosters crowed. Over the years, the county’s citrus groves and cattle ranches were bulldozed under and houses sprouted up making the in-town feed store unviable and it, too, disappeared. Over the years the building has morphed through many endeavors such as a lawyer’s office and a high end art gallery all to no avail. Now it stands empty once again. The distant sounds of young chickens barely registering in the hallways of history.
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