Jozabeth’s Owners: ‘It’s Been Fun’

Jozabeth’s Inc., will be closing its doors after business hours on Wednesday!

Actually the final day will be April 6, that being the date of a store liquidation sale. It will take place beginning at 10 a.m.

While the majority of the store’s clothing has been sold during the past 15 weeks, any remaining merchandise, along with fixtures and equipment, will be part of the auction.

Among the many auction items will be those for the different show windows remaining at the store.

The announcement of the sale of the Jozabeth’s, located at 601 Seventh St., Moundsville, along with several adjacent properties parcels was announced on Dec. 2 at a meeting of the Marshall County Commission, the new owner of the properties.

Previous to that date Mary Zaid Stees and Libby G. Magnone had informed county commissioner Brian Schambach they were considering retirement from the family owned business, and as a result negotiations were begun.

The new occupants will be the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Law Enforcement Division, the Office of Emergency Management and 911 Dispatch.

The sheriff’s department and 911 Dispatch are located in cramped quarters of the sheriff’s department/jail, while the OEM is housed on the lower level of the courthouse.

Not only will the three agencies have larger working areas (the Jozabeth building has 20,000 square feet of space), but there will be off-street parking space, especially for the sheriff’s department vehicles, and the directors of 911 and the OEM.

Currently, vehicles of three agencies utilize some 14 parking spots on Sixth Street.

As to parking spaces which will be created through the acquisition, there are 25 spaces currently west of the Jozabeth building, with others to be created with the acquisition of parcels on Eighth Street.

The Marshall County Commission has retained the architectural firm which originally had been employed to design a building on the Sixth Street side of the courthouse. The commission has yet to announce how much will be spent on renovation work, when the work will begin, or a projected date when the new tenants will move in.

The heads of the three agencies which will occupy the building have submitted a “wish list” dealing with square footage they believe they would need, and other data related to their occupancy.

As to the past 15 weeks, Steed and Magnone said it has been bittersweet. They knew that the closing of the business was imminent, and what they will miss most will be the customers they have come to know quite well. They said the past few weeks, it has great listening to customers, especially when they related incidents involving their mother, Elizabeth, their uncle, Ted, their aunt, Josephine, and other family members who were part of the Ferris Shoppe and later, Jozabeth.

They had 11 aunts and uncles who were all in some way involved in the business over the past 76 years.

Stees and Magnone probably summed it up best in an advertisement this past week which read: “It’s been fun, but we’re done!”

The annual Moundsville Ministerial Association Good Friday service will begin at 11 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church.

There will be stops at the Ash Avenue Church, the First Christian Church, the First Presbyterian Church, the First Baptist Church and Simpson United Methodist Church.

The procession will end at St. Francis Xavier Church, where Rev. Greg Blair, pastor of Calvary and Washington Lands United Methodist Churches, will be the speaker.

The public is invited to be a part of the procession and to attend the service at St. Francis Xavier Church.

Among items on Tuesday’s agenda of the Marshall County Board of Education are the sale of surplus property, namely the former Cameron High School, to the city of Cameron, and a proposal for Educational Planning Services for John Marshall High School addition and renovations.

As to the latter issue, it is being estimated at $16 million with $7 million from the recently passed operating levy, while the state School Building Authority has authorized $7 million, along with a $2 million loan.

The second annual Easter Spring Fling will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday in Moundsville, with events taking place along Jefferson Avenue, the Strand Theatre, and at Riverfront Park.

There will be an Easter Bonnet Parade at 10 a.m., with pre-registration at 9:30 a.m. at Second Street and Jefferson Avenue. There will be a fee for participation in the parade.

Also, there will be games, events, face painting, prizes, food, with the Easter Bunny in attendance. There will two showings of “Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail” at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at The Strand. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m. at Riverfront Park (South Field in th vicinity of the South Field). There will no charge for participating in the hunt.