If you take a look at the Centerville Square, it seems more and more storefronts are becoming empty. The Ben Franklin Store will be one more when it closes its doors in June.
Terri Sherwood, the owner??s daughter said this store has been in her family since 1954.
She said it is impossible to compete with Wal Mart Supercenter and therefore her mother has decided to close.
??We found that our sales have dropped tremendously. Many storefronts have closed on the square and we just cannot keep the store open to beat the economy or survive in the economy of this year,?? Sherwood said.
Tod Faris, the director of Appanoose County Economic Development Corporation has a different view of business on the square. "You know, even though not everything is completely rosy every moment -- as a whole, as a community, or as a county, our retail sales continue to climb which means really the timing is right for a lot of these new opportunities that people are stepping up and taking over or revitalizing some of those stores,?? Faris said.
Faris said a few of the businesses on the square are closing their doors because the owners want to retire, not because of poor sales.