Dawahares: The Beginning Of The End

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

People were pouring into Dawahares stores across the state, but it's not the kind of sales many are very happy to see. After the long-time family owned retail chain recently announced it's closing all remaining stores, going out of business sales began Friday.

For many who work at Dawahares, It all didn't seem real until Friday.

“It was hard walking in today, seeing all the signs put up because it made me realize this is really the end,” says Tina Catron-Mink, Corbin Store Manager.

The signs signal some great sales, and business is booming. But it won't help do anything to stop the inevitable.

“We just really hate to see this. It's awful, for all over Kentucky, Bell County. It's really sad,” says Joy Caldwell, a Middlesboro Dawahares customer.

“I'm losing all my customers. I'm losing all my friends, my coworkers. It's a sad day for us all,” says Jessica Parker, a Middlesboro Dawahares Manager.

Parker is one of four women who've worked at the Middlesboro Dawahares since the beginning.

“We walked into this store when there was just dirt and gravel on the floor. It's our store, our pride and joy, and we hate to see it go,” says Jeannette Grandey, a Middlesboro Dawahares Manager.

Employees are looking ahead.

“I, myself, am going back to school. Another manager is going back to school,” says Grandey.

…but also looking back…

“We've had a good run. It's a great company, and we're all just really, really sad,” says Catron-Mink.

“We wish 'em the best,” says Caldwell.

Employees say they expect stores to stay open through August as they sell the rest of their merchandise.

22 stores are closing across the state. Other locations include Hazard, Morehead, Paintsville, Pikeville, Somerset, south Williamson and Whitesburg. Dawahares officials blame a weak economy.

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  • by CT on Jul 22, 2008 at 06:35 AM
    When you have a family owned company that not to many of them really care about then something is bound to happen. Walking into one of their stores makes you feel like low life scum.....they look at you like you have 4 heads,prices are outrageous and the family seems to want to spend the money on other things, besides the comapny itself!
  • by dave Location: pikeville on Jul 19, 2008 at 07:55 PM
    thank you bush!!!!!!!!!!! you moron
  • by Susan Location: Alabama on Jul 18, 2008 at 09:16 PM
    Well, I am originally from Ky and to be honest I understand why there going out of business. Who in there right mind can afford the things they sale there. Who can afford a $88 pair of pants when you have to put gas in your vehicle and food on the table. I'm sorry but that is ridiculous, and I honestly think the store is not gonna be missed.
  • by me Location: pike county on Jul 18, 2008 at 04:07 PM
    well, i just think you cant live big in Pike County. some People try to live bigger and better than others and that is not what it takes to have good people. Theres good people that are poor too. they will just have to get a job like everyone else and work.


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