Did You Know… Perry was home to a J. C. Penney store? Penney’s was located where Betsy Peterson’s Studio is today. The news last week stated that 140 Penney’s stores would close nation wide. Time has seen Perry have other stores like this close. I worked for Montgomery and helped close them out. Growing up here, the Sears catalogue store was another place to get everything you needed. I loved the Christmas catalogues from Sears and Wards, as a child. There are entire houses here in Perry that were bought from Sears and shipped in by rail, to then be assembled here. I shop some online, like lots of people, but I really miss these local stores. I liked the chance to touch and feel the merchandise, and visit with the clerks, who knew me by name.

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Did You Know… where this Perry gas station was located?