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Johnny Vardeman: Dixie City was discount pioneer before big box stores
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Before there was a Wal-Mart, before there was a Kmart, before all the Dollar-type discount stores, there was Gainesville’s Dixie City, from which sprang a chain of Liquidation Marts or L-Marts. Gainesville was a pioneer in the discount department store wave. Dixie City was the first such discount store in the Southeast.