By Dave Russell
Sam, Ray, another Sam and now Crystal are all Cogdills to operate businesses in the Sylva building that bears the family name at 456 W. Main St.
Jackson’s General, Crystal Cogdill’s family-owned business, is coming full circle as it moves toward a fall opening in the building, part of the National Register of Historic Places downtown district.
Great-grandfather Sam and grandfather Ray built the building in 1941, Crystal Cogdill said.
“It was Cogdill Motor Company, the Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth dealership,” she said. “My dad, Sam, worked here, and my mom (Nancy Cogdill) worked here.”
Jackson’s General has looked for a new home since May, 2018. It was in the large brick building formerly occupied by the Sylva Supply, at the corner of Spring and Main streets, for about 19 years.
The new space is about 4,000 square feet, maybe a “smidgen bigger” than the previous store, Crystal Cogdill said.
No major changes are planned.
“We’ll have the things that we’ve always carried, plus some new stuff,” she said. “We’re bringing in some new lines, new clothing and some other things.”
The store planned is eclectic, selling clothing, candy, gifts, gourmet food items, toys, home decor, greetings cards and more, Crystal Cogdill said.
A version of Jackson’s General has operated out of a trailer on property across the road in a parking lot owned by Crystal Cogdill and family.
“We’re going to move the trailer and the town is going to lease that lot so it will be back open for public parking,” she said.
The lot contains 37 parking spaces.
Cogdill considered plans in 2018 to build a two-story structure for Jackson’s General, with a front porch and an old-timey finish, keeping in character with its surroundings, but those plans gave way to the new one.
The new store will employ about six, including her sister, Denna Sherril, two employees who were with the store in its previous incarnation, and a couple of college students, she said.
Cogdill is shooting for a fall opening date.
“We opened 20 years ago Oct. 1, so that is the date we are hoping to be open for business,” she said.
Paul Thatcher and K.C. Williams, partners in TK Enterprises, own the property.
Crystal Cogdill is still involved in a lawsuit with her previous building’s owners, Jay and Irene Ball of Sylva Supply Company.
That suit, hinging on a right of first refusal clause in a contract, is on its way to the North Carolina Supreme Court, she said.