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Give us selection

Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at 3:36 PM

We are always urged to shop at home and that's fine if what we're shopping for is available with sufficient selection at home.

What do you think we need in Shelbyville?

I'd like to see a better selection of men's clothing so I might feel I've found what I want rather than what I'm willing to settle for in a given item.

Do you recall when we had a good selection of men's clothing on the Public Square?


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We need men and boys clothing at decent prices, for sure. Not just big and tall, either. Does anyone else have trouble finding a pair of 30-34 jeans like I do when shopping for my hubby? LOL! And Walmart has pretty dresses and outfits for girls, but I just can't find the right clothes for my boy... there's such a limited selection there.

We also need nice restaraunts that don't serve alchohol... Ryan's or even bring back Shoney's with a nice, quiet atmosphere. I'd like to take the family out to eat every once in a while, and not just settle for a burger or pizza delivery, and not have to sit and watch people getting drunk in front of us.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Wed, Oct 17, 2007, at 4:24 PM

I think you have hit on a very good subject. I think it all starts with the jobs that attract others to come to Shelbyville. We have had a lot of companies leave in the past 10 years with only a fraction coming back. Per capita, do we really warrant a shopping center with all the shops? When it comes to small business, how can we compete with a lower cost of a Wal-Mart or anything else? Especially, when the city and county are fighting over how much they are going to get from you each year. Give small business a chance to work. Give them a break on the first couple of years. How much of a break do we give big companies to attract them? If our law makers would get of of their brains and figure this out, we would see better growth in this county.

-- Posted by kriegt on Thu, Oct 18, 2007, at 1:27 AM

A good men's store would be a plus. Something along the lines of a Men's Wearhouse or a Jos. A. Bank where one can get a little more upscale merchandise would be nice. However, I don't think Shelbyville folks would support a nice men's store from a financial standpoint. Unfortunately, we're a Walmart town.

-- Posted by volfanatic on Thu, Oct 18, 2007, at 8:59 AM

I've had some people who read this about men's stores mention what we used to have in Shelbyville, many of them at the same time. Tip Thompson's hasn't been out of business that long now. How many of these do you recall?

H.J. Thompson's, McKee's, Parks-Belk, H & H, Castner-Knott, Sullivans, Southland and as one person mentioned, Burkhalter's, that had a going-out-of-business sale at least five years before closing.

-- Posted by bomelson on Thu, Oct 18, 2007, at 2:38 PM

Bo, I had completely forgotten about

H & H up there between the banks. Mr. Haynes was the scorekeeper at Shelbyville High School ball games for a long time.

Also the mention of Parks-Belk brought back a memory from long ago. In a time that was long before Drive-In banks Parks-Belk had a suction-gravity system that would take your money and sales slip to some great cash register in the sky at the end of that suction tube (wherever that was) and return the proper amount of change right to the desk where you were standing.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Oct 18, 2007, at 4:07 PM

I recall one more. The Fair Store.

-- Posted by bomelson on Thu, Oct 18, 2007, at 10:50 PM

If memory serves me correctly before it was the Fair Store it was A. R. Johnsons.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Oct 19, 2007, at 8:50 AM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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