MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The owners of Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies say they plan to reopen their shop where Young Dolph was killed back in November.
But first changes are on the way for the site on Airways Boulevard that has become a memorial to the rapper.
The man who owns the property said it’s time to break it down.
FOX13′s Jeremy Pierre explained how the owners of Makeda’s have been doing their best to keep the memorial intact for as long as possible.
Young Dolph fans for the last three months have come to this memorial to pay their respects to the late rapper.
Every day for the last three months, messages and items have been added to the memorial outside of Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies on Airways.
Learning of the upcoming removal of this makeshift memorial where two gunmen killed the Memphis rapper came as a surprise to many of the fans who paid a visit this morning.
“We do not own that building we rent,” said Rachel Winton.
The owner of the property said he plans to begin removing the memorial next week.
The owner is Lloyd White.
Winton and her family own Makeda’s who continues to pay rent and keep the utilities on at the location.
“Mr. White, due to the city violations and with the fire from the candles he just feels like it’s time for us to move on and shut the memorial down. But that doesn’t mean we are going to shut down the memory of Young Dolph,” Winton said.
Winton said she and her family have continued to stay in their lease and provide the space for Young Dolph’s fans to come and pay their respect.
“We still pay the rent on time, the light bill on time,” she said. “The phone is still active. The security system is still active. My parents have plans for that building. We are going to take the posters and signs from the building we are going to frame them and put them in the store.”
Winton said her goal is to have parts of the memorial become a part of the newly renovated Makeda’s.
“We feel like Dolph would want us to stay there. That was his favorite cookie shop,” she said.
The owners of Makeda’s ask that no one take items from the memorial.
Plans on when the cookie shop will reopen will be made public later.
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