- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Wooden lockers in the men’s locker room at the old Colonial Country Club are among a variety of items that will be up for sale when the contents of the club are auctioned Feb. 28.

“There’s a lot of stuff to sell, a lot of nostalgia here, lot of iconic items, those just things of a general nature like tons of restaurant equipment, banquet equipment (and) Decor chandeliers,” said Nick Clark, who will conduct the auction.

The auction is 9 a.m. on Feb. 28. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. An auction preview is Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the country club in north Jackson.

The Colonial Country Club opened in 1946. During its heyday, it was the place to have banquets, weddings and parties - and play golf. Last year, the club shut down and went into foreclosure. A few months later, new owners purchased the property with plans for redevelopment.

Clark said his crew has been in the building for three weeks, going through and cataloging everything.

“The new owners are wanting to get the building cleared out,” Clark said. “My orders are to sell everything.”

Clark said there are more than 10,000 items to sell, but some will be sold in lots.

The auction will feature everything from place settings and file cabinets to dance floors, crystal chandeliers and an entire locker room.

“We have complete locker rooms, with hardwood lockers that the golfers put their gear in. And there are many nostalgic items that would be of interest to people who were club members,” Clark said.

Many of the lockers in the men’s locker room at the old Colonial Country Club still contain clothes and other effects left behind by club members.

Clark said there are also several mahogany bars that will be sold in lots as a “complete bar.”

Clark expects the auction to last all day, and there will be no breaks.

The new owner, Colonial Jackson LLC, is asking the city to rezone the 152-acre property for residential and retail/commercial use. No decision has been announced by the city.

Colonial Jackson says it plans single-family housing on much of the Colonial acreage, with its clubhouse perhaps serving as a restaurant or other retail/commercial establishment.

Opponents say the plan could subject its land to all types of uses that will devalue surrounding properties, snarl traffic and test already compromised infrastructure.

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