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Stores, church set to relocate after the first of the year.

The sale of the Whistle Stop mall along the Georgia Road became official on Tuesday, and according to records on file at the Register of Deeds office, the property was sold to Ingles Markets, Inc.

"The road to this final negotiation has been a long and exciting one over the past couple years, but has come together in what we believe is God's perfect timing," said Chris Vanderwoude of Whistle Stop Mall. "It has been a priority for us to look out for everyone at the mall as best as possible by giving sufficient notice and time to find alternate space and relocate, so as part of the sale agreement, we have arranged to be able to continue to operate business mostly as usual through the end of this year.


Whiskey River Large Animal is Western North Carolina’s newest large animal mobile veterinary provider. The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome them to the Franklin business community.

“We believe that the larger the animal, the stronger the bonds made, and that’s why we have dedicated our practice to the Critters from the Country” said Dr. Brittany Beil. “We offer compassionate care for your horses, cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas and pet pigs on your farm – for routine health care or emergencies. Whether it’s your latest 4-H project, your prized show horse, your family’s investment, or your partner in adventures, your family’s animal will be our newest friend,” Beil continued.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at Fox Mercantile located at 73 W. Palmer Street next to Ace Hardware. The new store offers work boots, workwear, cowboy and cowgirl boots, scrubs and so much more.

“The idea for the store came about from a passion to keep America working and an opportunity to fill a void in the local market,” said Nick Potts, owner. “Since People’s Department Store closed, there hasn’t been a place to get quality work boots and workwear. Upon doing some research, we decided to open a store to sell not only those items but also scrubs and footwear to go with the outfits. We have a unique blend of goods that, until recently, people had to leave Franklin to get.”


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming SonRise Sanitation to its new location at 1581 Georgia Road.

SonRise Sanitation, Inc. is owned and operated by Greg and Jamie Bates. SonRise provides portable sanitation services to a variety of jobs and special events in Western North Carolina and Rabun County, Georgia. Services provided include portable restrooms, hand wash station rentals, restroom trailers and RV holding tank services. They have basic construction units all the way up to restroom trailers for weddings and large events. Regardless of event size or type of function, they have the inventory to meet your needs. Sonrise Sanitation Inc. is also a member of the Portable Sanitation Association International.


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