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An old store, long closed but a Coffeeville landmark, has been torn down to make way for an unusual new retail business — a combination Family Dollar/Dollar Tree store.
The old building, near the intersection of Highway 84 and Highway 69 South is across River Street from the GoCo convenience store and was the GoCo store in years past. Fred Huggins opened the Coffeeville Short Stop in the building in the late 1970s.
Mayor Dwight Pugh said the town was delighted to have the new business. It will be the first combo Family Dollar/Dollar Tree in Clarke County. The company owns both stores and is building more and more combo stores.
There is one in Evergreen, one is just being completed in Uriah and stores are slated in Millry and Pennington.
There is a Dollar General store on Highway 84 now.
Coffeeville lost its only grocery store when Greers closed after the Dollar General opened.
Mayor Pugh said the dollar stores are offering much needed grocery items. He said the town needs an outlet that sells meat and vegetables and other produce.