The push is on for an old Benson staple that looks to reopen its doors in downtown Benson.
Zearing’s Mercantile, after a coupe of delays, is gearing up for a late August opening, noted Cindy Allen, who with husband, Dan Allen, are proprietors of the soon-to-be-opened store at 324 E. 4th St. The store will offer antiques and assorted mercantile items. As a throwback to Benson’s Heyday it will also feature old-styled candy and goods.
For the Allen’s, it’s a way to help connect present and future Benson to its historical past.
“... [This] is not going to be $4.99 a pound anymore,” she quipped, during a previous interview.
On Monday she explained the work at hand.
“We are doing a huge push this week to finish the ceiling panels and paint the entire ceiling… and shelves,” she said. It’s been a labor of love for her and a steady band of helpers.
If all goes as planned, a tentative Aug. 31 public opening date has been set with an emphasis on “tentative.”
“We plan next week Monday for an inspection... If that goes like it should grand opening to the public will be Aug. 31,” she noted.
The building has undergone other transformations. It was the K&H Store before it became Zearing’s, Allen noted. The latest reincarnation will include most of the display cases and meat counter from the K&H Store.
Described in a Facebook post:
“Built during Benson’s railroad era before the turn of the century, it served mainly as a mercantile establishment. Today, we’re turning back time reopening Zearing’s Mercantile! We will be selling candy once again, reliving memories made here and helping to make our wonderful little town of Benson, Arizona beautiful again! Follow along our journey remembering and honoring the ultimate storyteller himself, Mr. Zearing. Keep an eye out for our grand opening summer 2019! We can’t wait for everyone to see what magic lives in here.”