FIRST ON WITN: Overton's closing Greenville store

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - A landmark retail store in Greenville is closing.

Overton's, at the corner of Red Banks Road and Evans Street, put up signs saying that the store was closing. "Everything 25% to 50% off," says one banner at the corner.

The company is the world's largest dealer of watersports equipment through its online sales. Sources say the Overton's warehouse on Martin Luther King Jr. Highway is not impacted by the retail store's closing.

Attempts to reach Overton's parent company, Camping World, so far have been unsuccessful.

City Manager Ann Wall says the city was not made aware of the plans ahead of time and they are disappointed with the news.

"We saw the signs they've had out to promote the store closing which is very disappointing," said Winterville resident Wyatt Fountain. "It's just an anchor in the community and I'm not sure what lies ahead for the store or the brand but we are gonna miss the store."

Overton's was founded in 1976 by Parker Overton who began by selling waterskis out of a local grocery store.

Reached today, Overton said Camping World told him about six months ago they were planning to close the store but didn't give him a date.

He said he's "disappointed", but it wasn't surprising. Overton said even though he still owns the property, Camping World didn't give him a heads up that "store closing" signs would be going up.