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Parsons announces closing after 142 years

One of Forsyth County’s most popular stores will close its doors in early 2019.

Officials with Parsons Gifts announced on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon the business would close the main store, Christmas Shoppe and Thomas Kinkade Gallery in February after 142 years in business in north Georgia.

A going-out-of-business sale will start on Thursday, Dec. 13, and the company will be “liquidating every single item of merchandise to include clothes, jewelry, home decor, season decor, candles, fixtures, furniture, equipment and more.”

The business was also known for the monthly Parsons on Mission projects to bring awareness, support and donations to local groups.

First opened as a general store with groceries, hardware, farming supplies and dry goods, the store has changed locations and products over the years, even being rebuilt after being destroyed in a fire.

Current owners Gary and Cris Willis and Kay and Mike Montgomery said in a news release the closing of the store was due to the “brutal and impersonal world of global commerce” and the rise of e-commerce businesses despite not having “the community ties, personalized customer service and carefully cultivated product diversity” of smaller stores.

Parsons is located at 525 Lakeland Plaza in Cumming.