Chicago Music Store Building

May 3, 2017

The Chicago Music Store Building was built in 1903 for the Los Angeles Furniture Store, then occupied by JC Penny from 1927-1957. Chicago Music Store owners purchased the building in 1967 and sold it in 2015 to local developers. They now reside just across the street at 45 S 6th Ave. (Photo AZ Daily Star)


The 21,155 square-foot Chicago Music Store building at 130 E. Congress will be gutted and retrofitted for a retail center by partner developers Ron Schwabe of Peach Properties and Marcel Dabdoub of Dabdoub Investments. Rio Nuevo is also investing in the project as part of a larger Public-Private Partnership with the two developers to restore 4 historic Downtown buildings. Multiple lease inquiries have been received for the historic structure. Rio Nuevo is currently working with Peach Properties to recruit tenants. The developers may partner with JE Dunn (Kansas City developer), who submitted a proposal to Rio Nuevo, to develop a 12-story mixed-use tower in the adjacent Pima County owned parking lot. It was announced in late May of 2017 that CVS will move into the ground floor of the Chicago building, agreeing to maintain the historic facade but now that deal is off and the developers are still looking for a potential tenant(s). Call Ron Schwabe of Peach Properties at (520) 798-3331 if you or a party you know are interested in leasing.

According to the National Register of Historic Places, the building was constructed in 1903 for the Los Angeles Furniture Store followed by JC Penney who was the tenant from 1927 to 1957. Chicago Music Store moved into the building in 1967 up until 2016. The architecture is Commercial Palatial Style, the work of Tucson architect David Holmes. Many of the original features have been preserved.


Chicago Music Store Building In the News:

New businesses in the works to come downtown, CVS not moving into old Chicago Music Store building

CVS Nixes Plans for Store in Iconic Downtown Building

Deal to move CVS drugstore into historic downtown Tucson building is off

Tucson’s historic Chicago Music Store building may soon house CVS

Chicago Music Store Downtown Tucson Changes Hands for $1.85 Million

Historic building sold, business to stay downtown

Chicago Store selling its iconic downtown space

Peach-Dabdoub Downtown Tucson Revitalization Projects Underway