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Iconic Rock Hill Gift Shop, Overhead Station, Set to Shut Down by End of 2023 Due to Decreased Foot Traffic

Rock Hill’s Beloved Gift Shop, Overhead Station, to Close its Doors at the End of 2023

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The “original gift shop” of Rock Hill, Overhead Station, in a recent social post, announced that it would be closing down by the end of this year. This well-established business has been a favorite local shopping destination since 1977. The owners, Tami & Terry Windell, stated that the decision came after years of witnessing a steady decrease in foot traffic, as more customers opt for the convenience of online shopping.

Goodbye to the Landmark

Being one of the first female-owned businesses in Rock Hill, Overhead Station has a long history of service to the community, providing unique gifts and fostering local commerce. However, as the trend moves away from shopping locally, the owners have found it increasingly challenging to maintain their operations.

In their heartfelt social media post, the Windells stated, “Overhead Station has been our lives for the past eight years, and this has not been an easy decision for us. Rest assured, it comes only after exhausting all other paths or possibilities.”

Final Sales before Closing

The Windells announced they will host a large sale starting December 7, aimed at the liquidation of all merchandise, barring some exclusions. These exclusions include ChristmasVille merchandise, Ladyfingers Gourmet to Go food items, artwork, and postcards by Sara McAllister, and items already on the 50% off table. The shop will cease accepting printing orders from December 12th and discontinue all printing services from December 15th.

Legacy of the Original Gift Shop

Established in 1977, Overhead Station switched locations to Downtown Rock Hill in 1988 and expanded its collection to offer unique gifts. Ever since its relocation, the store was instrumental in supporting other local businesses and contributed majorly to Rock Hill’s downtown scene.

The Windells concluded their announcement by urging the community to continue supporting other small local businesses. The owners stressed, “Even though Overhead Station will be gone, please, please support other small local businesses. YOU are the reason they exist.”

As the community prepares to bid farewell to this beloved shop, the Windells’ plea to their community underscores the importance and inherent value of supporting local businesses. The closure of Overhead Station serves as a remember that local businesses rely on community support to thrive amidst rising digital commerce trends.

The inevitable closure of the “original gift shop” in Rock Hill marks the end of an era, serving as a solemn reminder of the challenges brick-and-mortar shops face in the age of digital shopping.

HERE Rock Hill
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