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Old Wallis store in Forsyth County will be torn down
Space is needed to make room for county road project
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Greg Wallis, left, and Linda Perdue thumb through old photos and memorabilia Wednesday from the old Wallis Store. - photo by AUTUMN MCBRIDE

CUMMING — At the junction of Jot Em Down, Hopewell and A.C. Smith roads in Forsyth County sits an old red building, partly covered in overgrowth.

While it may not look like much today, for nearly a century the building served as what some have called "the mall of North Forsyth."

Longtime residents still refer to it as the old Wallis store.

Next week, the building, which hasn't been a store since the early 1970s, will be torn down to make room for a county road project.

Tim Allen, the county's assistant director of engineering, said the crossing, which is currently a four-way stop, will be converted into Forsyth's first roundabout on a major thoroughfare.

"We're tearing (the building) down at the request of the homeowner," Allen said. "Half of it's on the existing right of way."

Owner Linda Perdue said she and her husband, James, did ask that the structure be torn down.

"We're just not able to fix it back it up. It'd cost a lot of money," Perdue said. "It's in such bad shape now, someone might get hurt. So, it's best for it to go down."

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