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After 95 years, Roswell will lose Cobean’s, piece of history

October 15, 2010 • Local News

The sign at 320 N. Main St. is vintage. The store’s inventory is somewhat eccentric and specialized in things not found elsewhere.

It’s a family business in a world of international big box chains. And, after 95 years of serving the Roswell community, Cobean Stationery Company will soon be no more. In August, Les McPherson, who’s been with Cobean’s since 1943 and its president for the past several decades, celebrated his 89th birthday.

Not long after, in front of the family and friends who’d wondered about his and the store’s future, he announced, “I’d like to do something different for the next 40 or 50 years of my life.”

The store will close before the ball falls on 2011. Looking back on 65 years at Cobean’s, McPherson, who could easily pass for 70, recalls the good times of doing business in Roswell. There were the jokesters who fished in the frequent floodwaters that swept down Main Street, where the first store was located in the back of a pharmacy.

There were the Budweiser Clydesdales taking shelter under the Login to read more

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