Bristol Mall

Empty store fronts at the Bristol Mall.

BRISTOL, Va.  — After 14 years, Belmeade Formal Wear is moving out of the Bristol Mall next week, leaving just one store at the mall.

Cathie Wurm, owner of the shop, said Friday that the recent closings of stores at the mall didn’t affect sales, but she decided it was the right time to leave.

“We want our customers to know that we will be back up and operational,” Wurm said. “Life will go on, and we will only be closed for a few days to get everything moved to the new store.”

The store’s last day in business at the mall will be Wednesday, and Wurm said it will take her staff a few days to move the merchandise.

Wurm’s new store is in the nearby Universal Plaza Shopping Center, at 405 Gate City Highway.

“As our season at Bristol Mall comes to an end, we would like to thank our customers and friends and hope you will visit us at our new location,” Wurm posted on the Belmeade Formal Facebook page. “We will remember the Bristol Mall with much fondness and wish it the best.”

Once Belmeade closes, KSS Instructional Aids will be the last store inside the mall. Based in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, KSS first opened in downtown Bristol more than 30 years ago.

The business, which sells a variety of teacher supplies, moved from downtown Bristol to the mall in early 2014 to make way for a new boutique-concept hotel.

Requests for comment about the future of KSS at the mall from owner Russell Strange weren’t returned Friday. | 276-645-2567 | | Twitter: @ZachBHC

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