Sunday, December 19, 2004

peebles in lawrenceville gives up the fight

Shoppers in Brunswick County, Va. are counting down not just the number of shopping days until Christmas but the number of shopping days until the end of an era.

The Peebles Department Store at the corner of Main and Hicks in downtown Lawrenceville, the original store - or as one local resident put it, "the mother store" - of the venerable chain, will close Dec. 31.

The closing does not affect the other 32 Peebles stores operating in Virginia, company officials said, but it certainly will affect Lawrenceville, which has been struggling to revive its downtown business district.

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