Kim’s Wig Center, long gracing the streets of downtown Asheville with its rows of head mannequins, will close this December. Established in 1973, the business has been passed from friend to friend, and now, at age 66, the current owner, Sandy Kanupp, is ready to retire. She has been working six days a week and wants to spend more time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Kanupp laughs at the local urban myths about the store being a front for illicit operations. People found it hard to believe that many women wore wigs, but Kanupp said about half her business came from tourists and another half from persons undergoing chemotherapy or otherwise suffering excessive hair loss. Kim’s will be discounting all items through December 16. Then, the space will be modified to accommodate a boutique taproom, which will be known as The Asheville Club. It will be run by relatives of Steve and Mary Ann West, who own the building. The Wests said Kanupp made her intentions to retire known to them a few years ago, and they’ve been waiting to move the taproom into the space since then. Located in the Miles Building at the corner of Battery Park Avenue and Haywood Street, Kim’s is in what the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has determined to be one of the city’s busiest pedestrian centers.