Carol’s Linens to set up shop in the former Barnes & Noble Booksellers building

The “moving sale” signs in the windows at Carol’s Linens were not what brought Stacy Kennemur by the store Thursday.

Kennemur, who lives in the Atlanta suburb of Canton, is a regular — at least whenever she’s passing through.

“I’m from Albany, and when I go there, this is pretty much my only stop,” she said while browsing with her 2-year-old son, Davis.

Kennemur soon will have to venture an even shorter distance off Interstate 75 when visiting.

Carol’s, a fixture in Macon for three decades, is moving from 3658 Eisenhower Parkway to the former Barnes & Noble building on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard.

The store has been at its current site, across from Macon Mall, for more than 12 years, said owner Carol Kaplan.

“When we moved in this location, the mall was the shopping area in Middle Georgia,” said Kaplan. “Sadly, it’s not that way anymore.”

The move, which should happen sometime around the first of next year, will put the store nearer to most of its customers, she said.

“The customers have been so excited. When they come in, the first question is: ‘Where are you moving?’ Then they say, ‘That’s where I live!’ The customers are excited that we’ll be close to where they are.”

Kaplan said customers also have commented about how pleased they are to see the store move into an existing building.

“There are so many empty retail spaces.”

Planning a move during the upcoming holidays might seem like an extra headache, but Kaplan’s not worried about it hurting sales. It could help, she said, with customers coming in to look for moving-sale markdowns.

“I think all retailers are a little nervous about what this Christmas is going to be like,” she said.

Kaplan, whose identical twin sister works at the store, calls her customers “extended family.”

Some of those out-of-town shoppers have urged Kaplan to move to places like Atlanta or Savannah, but she says “Macon’s home.”

“My granddaughters are sixth-generation Maconites. My roots go deep here,” Kaplan said.

Kennemur said she’s often asked by her Atlanta-area friends about why she insists on shopping at Carol’s Linens. Stores there sell bedding, lamps, rugs, curtains and decor, they say.

“Everything here has a custom feel. It’s not that typical bed-in-a-bag,” she said. “It’s a great store. There’s not another one like it, and, my husband can tell you, I shop a lot.”

To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.