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Business Beat: 3 local businesses are closing Huntington locations

Mar. 13, 2013 @ 11:40 PM

The cigar shop at Heritage Station will be closing its storefront on Friday.

Still operating online at www.jamesoncigars.com, Jameson Cigar Co. plans to focus more on the wholesale side of its business, owner Brad Mayo said.

"Our manufacturer has a storefront and warehouse on Calle Ocho in Miami," he said. "The retail operations as well as all shipping operations (online and wholesale) will now be consolidated there. It streamlines everything for both of us."

The shop opened in 2011 during the early revitalization period of the Heritage Station, though the business had already been operating online. Jameson sells handcrafted cigars and RockStone Coffee.

"All of our products will still be available on our website and at select retailers (located throughout the country and listed on the website)," he said. "Our experience at Heritage Station in Huntington has been fantastic, but it is time to move forward."

JOHNNIE'S FRESH MEAT MARKET: Also closing its Huntington store this week is Johnnie's Fresh Meat Market at 724 14th St. West, which will continue to operate its store at Charleston's Capitol City Market.

"The Charleston store has gotten crazy busy," said owner Lisa Surface, who plans to shift her efforts to Charleston to help her daughter, Krisene Stanley, who run the business there.

The Huntington store has been open four years and the Charleston store has been open for 40 years, Surface said.

"We're doing good here, but you have to take care of No. 1," she said.

LINENS & MORE FOR LESS!: The store that once housed Linens N' Things will again be vacant after Linens & More For Less! shuts down its operation on the campus of the Barboursville Mall on Saturday, March 30. The store is having liquidation sales as it prepares to close.

Linens & More for Less! opened in the 32,000-square-foot building at the Huntington Mall in October 2010.

PIGGLY WIGGLY: The Foodland in Perry Morris Square in Milton will become a Piggly Wiggly on April 14. The store is changing decor inside and out to mark the change, among other changes to come. West Virginia is a new state for the chain. According to its website, there are more than 600 Piggly Wiggly stores across 17 states, primarily throughout the Southeast and as far north as Wisconsin. All Piggly Wiggly stores are independently owned and operated.

BIG SANDY SUPERSTORE ARENA: Brian Sipe, general manager of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, has been nominated for Venues Today Magazine's "Generation Next Award."

The award honors leaders age 35 and younger who make a difference in sports, music, conventions, family shows and fairs and festivals. Sipe is one of 28 nominated for the award, all of whom will be profiled in the June issue of the magazine. Five winners will be chosen.

Sipe is in charge of the 7,500 seat, SMG-managed arena and has brought Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Barry Manilow, Staind/Godsmack, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Ron White and many others to Huntington. He oversees 150 full- and part-time employees and has led his facility to an 11th place international ranking for ticket sales in March/April 2012.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.

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