It will be a sad day for the city of Dothan when a long time local business shuts its doors.
Loftin’s Party and Wedding Center is closing down, but not before they auction off their inventory and a lifetime of memories. The business began in 1964 when two brothers decided to open a rental company. As the company grew in 2000 they relocated to a larger building.
Another business owner, Donald Battson, said he enjoyed the low prices on today’s supplies.
"I had a good experience and bought a lot of stuff. Just trying to keep an icon like Loftin’s here in Dothan,” said Battson. “You know we have to have a lot of stuff to work with, so that's the reason why we're here. We’re trying to get a good deal."
Today the auction began by selling off large rentable supplies, which included popcorn machines, inflatables and tables. People drove in from Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and even Indiana to get their hands on the bargain items.
Susan Kirkland, the owner of Loftin’s, said she enjoyed running a great business.
"I'm not going to say that I am sad, we've had a great time with what we've done, but there comes a point in time in your life when there are other things that are more important than just working all the time."
Tomorrow the auction will continue with smaller retail items such as office supplies, displays and paper party ware.
At noon the building will be sold to the highest bidder.
"Loftin’s has been an icon in Dothan. They've been here forever. It's a pleasure being here,” said Battson.