“When we take these stores over it’s just an empty building,” David Ford, manager of Farmers Home Furniture, 505 Martin St. N., said as he stood in front of the store.
He said it took about three weeks for Susan Mickel, the display design supervisor for Farmers Home Furniture, to transform the empty shell of the vacant building into an attractive store.
The new store has a wide-array of furniture on carpeted floors.
About 40 people attended the grand opening Thursday morning.
“It’s an honor to have you here,” Ford said.
Coosa Valley Baptist Church pastor Gordon Lee led the crowd in a blessing, while Chamber of Commerce executive director Erica Grieve made introductions.
“I can tell they are going to be a wonderful asset to our community,” Grieve said.
Mayor Joe Funderburg also attended the store’s grand opening and briefly spoke to the crowd that gathered in front of the store for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
“It’s great to have you in Pell City,” Funderburg told Ford and other employees of the store. “On behalf of the city of Pell City, welcome.”
He said Pell City seems to be able to fill the stores that become vacant because many companies see a positive future for the city.
“This community represents a growing population that can support new businesses,” Funderburg said.
Ford is originally from Gadsden, but he knows Pell City well.
“It’s a very special day for Farmers Home Furniture,” Ford said.
The new store manager said this was the 180th Farmers Home Furniture to open, and the third to open in Alabama this year.
Ford said Farmers Home Furniture was founded by Sherwin Glass in 1949. The family sold the business to its employees three years ago after Glass’ death.
It is one of the top 100 furniture companies in the country and one of the largest privately owned companies based in Georgia.
Ford said Farmers Home Furniture treats its customers right, so they come back.
“We do financing right here in our store,” he said. “We have our own finance manager.”
Farmers Home Furniture has stores in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama.
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