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Dawahares Closes Doors for Good

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

It has been a fixture in many communities for a long time here in the mountains. After one hundred and one years, Monday was the last day of business for the remaining Dawahares stores.

Dawahares first opened its doors back in 1907 and for those who have shopped and worked there over the years, they say it is hard to believe those doors are closing for good.

For Kim Boggs, it is the last time she will unlock the doors for customers.

“I think it's bad for the whole community because we're going to lose something,” says Boggs.

Kim Boggs is the manager at the Hazard Dawahares and has been with the company for 10 years. She says seeing the empty store reminds her of the day Dawahares moved in the building just 3 years ago.

“This is exactly what it looked like when we came so we had to put everything up and then now we're taking it all back down,” she says.

As store fixtures were moved out and prices dropped throughout the day, customers came to shop one last time.

“I hate to see them go,” says one customer.

“They'll be sorely missed, they certainly will,” said another customer.

No one understands that more than Tina Fields, whose mother, Mary Dawahare, owned and ran stores in the chain.

“We'll never ever ever be able to forget all the wonderful customers and all the great employees. without all of them none of this would have been possible,” says Fields.

She says it is people like Lou Lykins that were the heart of the business. Lykins worked for Dawahares for 50 years.

“Being closed today, it's really sad for me. I haven't gotten over it yet,” says Lykins.

And she says she doesn't know if she or the community ever will.

With all stores closing, 400 employees will be without jobs. Workers in Hazard tell us they are either retiring or going back to school.


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