Rock­mart’s J&L Dis­count closes

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1­[email protected]­

Rock­mart lo­cals are say­ing farewell to long­time busi­nesses J&L Dis­count and Rock­mart Dis­count Mall that re­cently closed their doors for un­spec­i­fied rea­sons.

Shop­pers could grab ev­ery­thing from gen­eral goods to cloth­ing and gifts at the two re­tail out­lets, and while ci­ti­zens will have to shop else­where in the mean­time, the Dis­count Mall’s for­mer venue is now avail­able for rent.

While its un­clear if J&L’s for­mer venue is up for grabs, the store could po­ten­tially see a re­vival later on, since the busi­ness saw a third grand open­ing in Jan­uary 2018.

Lynn and Jen­nifer Robin­son cre­ated J&L in 2000 and op­er­ated the store for 10 years be­fore sell­ing it, and lo­cals Ja­son and Mandi Wil­liams would ac­quire the prop­erty in 2015 be­fore clos­ing in 2017. The busi­ness re­turned to the Robin­son duo for a fi­nal year be­fore the most re­cent clos­ing.

The for­mer Dis­count Mall venue has housed other busi­nesses, too. NT Col­lectibles once sold vin­tage comic books, video games, and other rare items from the 124 S. Mar­ble St. lo­ca­tion be­fore mov­ing lo­ca­tions and even­tu­ally clos­ing shop for per­sonal rea­sons.

Na­maste Kneads, a ther­a­peu­tic mas­sage par­lor, also op­er­ated from in­side Dis­count Mall be­fore the clos­ing.

Cus­tomers were treated to chair mas­sages, pre­na­tal mas­sages, and var­i­ous other forms of re­lax­ing phys­i­cal ther­apy be­fore owner Jes­sica Den­nis moved.

Those look­ing to shop in down­town Rock­mart can still visit the likes of Now and Then An­tiques at 106 E. Church St., the Rock­mart thrift store at 107 Church St., Smith and Lock­wood at 114 S. Mar­ble, Trea­sured Thrif­tique at 104 S. Mar­ble St., and many more across Mar­ble.

/ Sean Wil­liams

Space is open on South Mar­ble Street once again as J&L Dis­count closed re­cently.

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