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PEEKING INTO THE PAST: McLellan Stores

McLellan Stores first opened their Albemarle location on West Main Street in the building now occupied by Glory Beans Coffee Shop (see photo) on Feb. 15, 1930. The business remained in this location for almost exactly 21 years.

In October 1950, the company purchased the empty lot next door from local businessman J.A. Groves. A new, much larger building was constructed, and the business opened in their “new” home on Feb. 9, 1951.

The company went through several mergers over the next 10 to 15 years. According to local phone directories the business stayed in Albemarle until about 1985. The space then sat vacant until the Antique Market was opened in 1995. After this business closed about 2005, the building was again vacant for several years.

It later became the home of a local church known as The Gathering and is currently the home of 4Rivers Consignment Shop.

{Lewis P. Bramlett – Stanly County Historical Society}

 

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