That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

May 7, 2007

Closed Store in the Rear of Downtown Franklin

Filed under: dead stores,franklin — Anita @ 1:32 pm

Closed Store in the Rear of Downtown Franklin

Closed Store in the Rear of Downtown Franklin

I have no clue what this store used to be. Help?


I tweaked some things around on here over the weekend. I made a new tag “dead chains“. Entries in the dead chains tag are for example Miller & Rhoads stuff, Hechts, Smith & Welton, Montgomery Wards, Leggett, etc. The dead stores tag is now for abandoned stores such as the one profiled in this entry.

I also changed the blog roll around some. It used to just be called “blog roll” but now its “My Websites” and, “Retail/Mall fan websites.”


  1. There was a Schewel’s Furniture in downtown Franklin that comes to mind when I see this picture; this may be it

    Although I am not totally sure if this is it or not.. I’m trying to recall if that store was destroyed by Hurricane Floyd or not..

    Comment by BW — May 8, 2007 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  2. I’m thinking grocery store. Kroger, maybe?

    Comment by Bobby — May 10, 2007 @ 5:50 am | Reply

  3. Not a Kroger, because they weren’t in that part of Virginia. It bears some resemblence to a former Colonial Store in Highland Springs, VA (though Colonial may be more known for metal pylon signs, they did have some “regular” pylons). There’s a picture of the Highland Springs store at

    Comment by Dave McGrann — May 15, 2007 @ 6:41 am | Reply

  4. I think we have a winner.

    Comment by Anita — May 15, 2007 @ 10:10 am | Reply

  5. This is a closed Schewel’s Furniture Store. After the 1999 flood, Schewel’s decided to move to higher ground on Armory Drive in Franklin. This store is for sale at around $350,000 for 16,000 square ft.

    Comment by David Merrick — August 5, 2007 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  6. My uncle used to shop there and it was a store that gave out green stamps. I think it was BeLo’s a grocery chain. I remember going there when I was little. It later became a furniture store. It seems as though it was something else in the interim but I can’t remember what.

    Comment by Darlene — September 19, 2007 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  7. I live in Franklin, and confirm that it was a Schewels furniture store. When hurricane Floyd flooded the entire downtown area, the store decided to move to higher ground, and is now located uptown in the Franklin Plaza Shopping Center.

    Comment by Zachary Barnes — January 4, 2008 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  8. Dave McGrann is the closest one to knowing the identity of this building. It was once the Colonial Store back in the 60’s to 70’s. It did give out stamps. It did also used to be Schewel’s Furniture, but that was much later. And yes, it is for sale.

    Comment by Scout Mom — April 23, 2008 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  9. It was a Colonial Store (food store) years ago, Habitat For Humanity occupies the building now. Comment #8 above is correct.

    Comment by Richard Livesay — February 7, 2013 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

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