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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Nancy Brown Tysor, October 19, 1999. Interview K-0811. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

An aging population

Tysor describes store closings in her area less as a product of competition from big retailers, and more about an aging population forced to retire from shopkeeping.

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Oral History Interview with Nancy Brown Tysor, October 19, 1999. Interview K-0811. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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BRUCE E. BAKER:
When would you say, did these stores just sort of close one by one, or was there a certain time when you think of them as closing down?
NANCY BROWN TYSOR:
Well, they kind of went out one by one. I'd say as people got, you know, they were elderly people trying to hold on. And if their health got bad, or business did get to where we didn't have that many people coming in. With the swupermarkets and all, they just had to close up.