M.E. Trew’s General Merchandise is an abandoned general store outside of Etowah, Tennessee. It was first opened in 1890 by John Wesley Trew and was kept in family hands up until its closing in 1996 following the death of its final owner, Mortimer Trew and his wife, Oneta Crittenden. Mortimer Trew passed away sometime in 1996. From what I had gathered, he dedicated his entire life to running this store, up until the very end.
He had started work there as a clerk in 1925—this would mean that he worked for his family’s general store for 71 years. It really makes one think.
M.E. Trew’s General Merchandise was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.