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News People’s on the Square: The true profit is relationships

Bargain hunters waited patiently for the doors to open last Thursday.The following is a statement from the Jacobs family on the closing of People’s.

It has been said that the only constant in life is change. After 55 years of service to the people of Macon County and beyond, offering quality clothing and goods for the family, People’s Department Store on Main Street in Franklin has come to a time for one final change. At the end of this year, People’s will close its doors for good.

Some of you may grieve with our family in the loss of something precious. When J.C. Jacobs opened People’s 55 years ago, the world depended upon its local merchants to provide for their basic needs. With energy and enthusiasm J.C. Jacobs opened his stores and sought to meet the needs of the people while feeding and clothing, raising and educating his family.

Hundreds of pairs of shoes were stacked up for the sale. Photos by Betsey GooderWe are so very grateful to the many loyal customers who have given us the opportunity to provide a life for ourselves and our employees over the years. Many of the employees served a life-time on Main Street, retiring from People’s. Some have become legends. They will all be missed as this business fades into memory.

But, as with any change, the real and lasting value comes in the link the past has with the future. As People’s takes its inevitable place in history, a new business will open the old doors with fresh energy and enthusiasm. Outdoor 76 is owned and operated by two local boys whose dream resonates with the vision that created People’s in the beginning. They have the potential to continue the legacy of meeting the needs of the future.

Signs alerted Main Street shoppers of the upcoming bargains that would be available at People’s “Going Out of Business” sale that began Thursday, Oct. 11.In closing our doors we are opening a way for a brighter future. Outdoor 76 will be moving and expanding its business into our space. It is our hope that this up and coming energetic young business will become a solid anchor for Main Street.

Thank you to our community, town and county for your support that gave life to this business for 55 years. We believe that quality of life is measured in relationships. We give thanks for the wonderful relationships we have held. Customers have been friends. Employees have been family. Other businesses helped us to achieve our potential. These relationships have been the true profit reaped in a lifetime of living. That profit never loses value and lives on in spite of change.

With grateful hearts and prayers of blessing for the future, we look back with thanksgiving and look forward with hope.

J.C. and Frankie Jacobs,
Janet Jacobs Greene, Nancy Jacobs Paris


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