Confederate store closes its doors for good

By Brooke Katz
Reporter / Producer
Published: February 24, 2009

CSA Galleries in North Charleston is closing its doors for good. The store is run by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell and his brother Sam, and has been a staple in the area for the past 20 years. Sam McConnell says he’s seen a dramatic drop in the number of people buying collectible items ever since September 11th, and that’s hit their business hard.

The store specializes in Confederate collectibles, but they carry a wide range of other items, including clothing, coffee and pictures. They also have their own make-shift museum that features a South Carolina militia jacket that predates the Civil War.

Everything in the store is on clearance, but McConnell says he doesn’t expect to sell it all. He says they’ll likely keep selling some memorabilia on their website.

The doors will officially close on March 21st.

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