Saturday is the last day to shop at Brother's General Store

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 20, 2013 

Brother's General Store, open since 2007 at 1014 Broadway in downtown Columbus, will close this weekend following the recent death of its owner and operator, Irvin “Brother” Rosenberg.

Saturday will be the last day the store is open, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Employees said that the store won't be marking the occasion with any particular commemoration, but many of its goods (including its jelly beans and ice cream) have been significantly marked down.

The goal, they said, is to try and sell everything.

Rosenberg, 70, had been fighting cancer for months before his death in October.

His store, a combination candy, ice cream, sandwich, soda and confection shop, is housed in a building his family has owned since the Great Depression. Over the years, the building has been a pawn and jewelry shop and for a while, a tattoo parlor.

“His family has been in uptown for well over 50 years, maybe closer to 70,” said Richard Bishop, president and CEO of Uptown Columbus, Inc. “When he had the idea for that little general store, it really added something we needed on Broadway.”

Mike Owen contributed to this story.

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