TERRELLâ€“Citing competition from big box retailers in the Denver area and the ease of online shopping, the owner of the Terrill Country Store has decided to close down.
Phil Pouloit has operated the store for almost three years and will close the store down thatâ€™s served the area for over 120 years.
â€œWe just canâ€™t compete with the Wal-Marts and Targets,â€ he said.
The store was originally built in 1885 by T.F. Connor, serving much of the area with goods, even once operating as a post office.
â€œI remember when there use to be a big pot-belly stove sitting in here,â€ said Maison Sherrill, who helps out at the store and was born and raised in the area. â€œIt led all the way up the chimney.â€
In its heydey and even today as this piece of history closes, the store sold packaged mixes and candy, candles, lotions and typical grocery items such as bread and household cleaners.
â€œI remember when they use to make coffins upstairs,â€ Sherrill said. â€œThere is a square cut into the floor where they use to lower them down from the second floor.â€
The Connor family still owns the property, building and the Twelve Oaks homestead, which is located behind the store.
Pouloit said he plans on officially closing sometime in January.
â€œDuring the month of January weâ€™ll be selling off the rest of our inventory,” he said. The store shutdown towards the end of December in preparation for the sell-off.
He added that he was originally going to move his real estate office, Racing Realty, to the country store location.
â€œThe owner is going to use the building for something,â€ said Pouloit. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s going to be a country store anymore.â€
Charles Connor, who owns the property doesnâ€™t have any plans for the store in the works.
â€œWe havenâ€™t decided yet what we are going to do with it,â€ said Connor.
Although the future of the store is unknown locals remain optimistic over the historical landmark thriving.
â€œItâ€™s been here this long and I donâ€™t think it will close,â€ Sherrill said.
Attempts to reach Pouloit for further comment were unsuccessful, as the telephone number to his real estate office had been disconnected. Calls to the storeâ€™s telephone number went unanswered.
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The Terrell Country Store is located on N.C. 150 between Denver and Mooresville. The store will be open daily at 9 a.m.
From Lincolnton, take N.C. 27 to N.C. 150. Follow N.C. 150 across N.C. 16 and continue heading towards Mooresville. The store is located on the left.
Maison Sherrill shops at the Terrell Country Store, as heâ€™s being helped by a store employee named Kate, who did want to give her last name. Sherrill remembers when coffins were made on the second floor of the store thatâ€™s been around since the mid 1880s. Maribeth Kiser / LTN Photo
by Maribeth Kiser