Closing Of Store Will Be The End Of An Era

By: Steve Hensley Email
By: Steve Hensley Email

Residents say it's the end of an era in the Lothair section of Hazard.

A store that sold everything from food to furniture for almost a century is going out of business later this week.

Things haven't changed much at Maggard's store over the years.

"We were just discussing yesterday how many years it'd been since it's been painted and it's been several years," Imogene Maggard said.

But on Thursday, Imogene Maggard plans to close the doors for the last time.

"I've enjoyed every day that I've been here but I just think it's time to go," Imogene Maggard said.

Imogene's husband, Herman, began running the store in 1937.

He talked to us a few years before his death in 2003.

"I have old customers that come back here that traded with me 20-40 years ago and they say Herman, your store's just the same... we're glad you're keeping it just like it was," Herman Maggard said in a 1998 interview.

Herman's sister, Grace, worked at the store for many years.

"It's had a good long life. It was just a pleasure working with him. I think as long as we worked together, I don't remember us having any words at all," Grace Bowles said.

Hazard High School Principal Happy Mobelini calls Maggard's store a landmark and says Herman was his mentor.

"Herman, Imogene, and Grace made the store and all their employees. I mean they treated you like family, no one paid with cash, everyone charged and no matter what you needed, Herman's store could get it," Happy Mobelini said.

"Our customers have been good to us and I hope we've been good to them," Imogene Maggard said.

Herman and Imogene always gave free treats to children or anyone who paid their bills.

"He helped so many people that otherwise would have had a hard time and the little children that would come in, she bet Herman was in heaven giving free ice creams to the little children."

The Maggard store building used to house a movie theatre in the early 1900's.

Imogene Maggard says she's going to rent out the historic building after closing the store on February first.


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