One of my first entries in this blog was an entry covering this mall. I posted back in March of 2014. That entry can be found by clicking HERE. This entry was posted when I was first beginning to gain an interest in retail history and trends. Since then I have covered many more malls in at least 5 states on this blog.
Almost exactly 2 years after I posted the initial entry Magic Mart Stores announced the impending closure of the location at the mall. The article announcing the store closure in the Williamson Daily News can be found by clicking HERE. I knew I had to go visit at least one more time and pay my respects to the store. The following photos were taken on Sunday April 17, 2016.
Magic Mart has a long history with this immediate area of Williamson West Virginia and Belfry, Kentucky. In fact, although Magic Mart is headquartered in Bluefield, West Virginia, its roots can be traced to this area.
The company that would become Magic Mart was founded by the Ammar Family in 1920 when the Ammar brothers opened Ammar Brothers’ Department Store on Third Avenue in downtown Williamson, West Virginia.
The local Magic Mart store was first located in the Appalachian Plaza in 1969. Then it moved toward Belfry along U.S. 119 in 1991, the location that is now a Tug Valley ARH clinic. From that spot it relocated to the South Side Mall at Goody, Ky. in 2005.
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Long before this buidling served as the home for Magic Mart it was home to Kmart. Kmart opened with the mall in 1981 and closed in 2002 when Kmart Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection.
The final day of business for Magic Mart at Southside Mall is May 8th.