PASCAGOULA -- It's a sad day for the city and county, said neighboring business owner Frank Corder. Family-owned Coast Clothing, formerly the Bargain Annex, is closing.
"But I'm sure they're looking forward to the next chapter in their lives, whatever that might be," Corder said. "I wish them well."
The business has been an anchor for downtown for 42 years.
Owned by brothers Thad and Rob Brumfield and cousin Joe Stout, Coast Clothing offered variety -- brands such as Levi's, Dickies, MoJo, Wrangler, Guy Harvey, Sperry and apparel such as sandals, local art T-shirts, beachwear, women's apparel, work clothes, jewelry and men's formal wear.
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It was diverse and available, right downtown.
Another business that was in the extended family, Brumfield's, also was a downtown anchor for a century. It closed years ago.
"I'm devastated," said Rebecca Davis, Pascagoula's Main Street director. "This is more than a business, it's family. It's tradition -- they go back 98 years in some form or fashion. That family has touched the entire county."
Known as the Bargain Annex until the family rebranded it with a new name and exterior, Coast Clothing was a Pascagoula icon by any name.
Corder said it was part of his childhood. Shopping for a tux for the prom came to mind for him.
Running his relatively new Corder's sandwich shop just down the street, he said he has been watching since the going-out-of-business signs went up announcing the sale that began Tuesday. The merchandise isn't expected to last the month.
"I think they've been overwhelmed with community support, people wishing them well," Corder said. "They have earned a happy retirement. They have been excellent community citizens, giving back at every turn, opening early and staying late.
"They're some of the finest people you'll ever meet."