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Camden taking steps to purchase former opera house
City clock tower rests atop current thrift shop
Old Opera House
The city of Camden is considering purchasing what was once the citys opera house and city hall for $200,000. While there are no specific plans for the building, City Manager Mel Pearson said the city does plan to repurpose it for tourists or tourism in some way. - photo by Gary Phillips
The city of Camden may purchase the building atop which the King Hagler Clock Towers sits at the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets. Council met Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., after the Chronicle-Independent went to press and, among many agenda items, was set to consider first reading of an ordinance authorizing the purchase. The building, at 950 Broad St., which currently houses the Camden Bargain Basket thrift shop, was known for many years as the home of B.C. Moore’s department store.