The Store on Highland

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The Store on Highland was a convenience store located at 2608 Highland Avenue in the Highland Park neighborhood of Birmingham. It and a second commercial building on the property were developed by William Poe on the site of a former boarding house which was the last known address of James Earl Ray.

Poe's daughter, Peggy Boisky, owned the property until she sold it to Richard Cruse in 2015.

The store was operated by Azerbaijani brothers David and Jimmy Gorji from 1998 until they were evicted in February 2016. Alongside typical snacks and sundries, the store stocked a wide selection of imported cigarettes and beers. The Gorji's also owned the adjacent laundromat and sometime restaurant and ran a small remodeling business.


  • Crowe, Christina (July 27, 2006) "Pack of Smokes and a Smile." Black & White