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Gift shop shuffle expected

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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 1:20 pm

Dickens Gift Shoppe will soon have a new location after 45 years at the current location, which will be utilized for another craft mall.

Dianne Dickens, owner of Dickens Gift Shoppe, said they closed up the store last week and are currently moving items out before the end of the year.

“We’re planning on reopening somewhere in the downtown area in March, but we don’t know exactly where yet,” Dickens said.

She said many customers have been worried the store will close for good, but she’s reassuring them that Dickens will continue to exist in another location in Branson.

Meanwhile, Kevin Knasel, owner of Branson’s Nantucket, has purchased the property with plans to place another craft mall tenant in the location.

John Odom, vice president of construction for the company, said the main building and the garage area will both still be used for a craft mall.

“We will be welcoming one new tenant to the space,” he said. “I am currently designing the infill. The tenant will be Branson Travel Group, LLC.”

He said they’ll use the next few months to get the building ready.

“The craft mall portion will be closed down during the winter months, much like many businesses do during the slow tourism season,” he said.

He said the company was interested in the property because of its location on the strip and the amount of square footage it had to offer.

And the iconic pink gorilla sitting out front will also have a new home.

Dickens said she sold the gorilla and donated the money to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

“My 3-year-old granddaughter has leukemia and she gets treated there,” Dickens said. “I wanted to make sure the money went to a good cause.”

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