AFTER MORE THAN A CENTURY IN BUSINESS, SAM JACKSON’S EMPORIUM IS CLOSING

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After almost 102 years in business, a Tuscaloosa landmark is closing its doors for good.

Sam Jacskon Co., also known as Sam Jackson’s Emporium, was established in 1914 and was originally located on Sixth Street but moved to Queen City Avenue nearly a half-century ago.

Founder Sam Jackson opened the general store long before department stores, malls or shopping centers existed, but it’s since moved from stocking flour and sweets to porcelain and other high-end gifts.

Jackon’s son, Sam Jackson Jr., died in December 2014. Store Manager Linda Gibson said the store is being sold by Jackson’s estate, since his relatives do not live in Tuscaloosa and have no interest in continuing the business.

The store remains open until May 31, and all items are 75 percent off.

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