EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Hart Furniture Co. stopping wholesale business

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Following the recent death of owner Harold Hart, Hart Furniture Co. in Siler City is shutting down its wholesale and distribution division, located at 420 East Third St. in Siler City, and holding a massive liquidation sale.

The company’s retail store at 12 Harold Hart Road in Siler City will continue to operate under the leadership of Hart’s daughter, Lisa Hart Stout. But after 61 years, and facing a down economy in addition to Hart’s passing, Stout said it’s time to shutter what had been one of the larger suppliers in North Carolina and neighboring states of furniture and bedding.

The warehouse will be open for the sale until everything is gone, with hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday as well as 12-6 p.m. Sundays. The retail store, which is not closing, has the same hours and will be hosting a celebration in Hart’s memory.

Hart starting working in his parents’ 1,500 sq. ft. furniture store as a teenager in 1956 and later expanded it to a multimillion-dollar operation encompassing more than 160,000 sq. ft. in six buildings and with a national reach.

In other news...

• The CVS in Tramway Crossing closed Saturday in order to move across the street to the large — and previously empty — development at the corner of Tramway Road and U.S. 1. The store opens today and will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

SBltMonday is Veterans Day, and any veteran, reservist or active duty military member who goes shopping at Food Lion that day can request a 10 percent discount. Also, people can donate to the Wounded Warrior Project at the store.

• Today and Monday are the last days of Veterans Small Business Week, put on by the Small Business Association (SBA). The association has used the week to work with local partners on providing veterans with “access to business counseling and training, capital and business development opportunities through government contracts,” the group said in a press release. Local opportunities exist through the Veterans Business Outreach Center at Fayetteville State University, one of only 15 such centers nationwide operated by the SBA. More at www.fsuvboc.com.

• Hickory Farms, a seasonal store selling beef and cheese gift baskets for the holidays, opened its Sanford store on Friday in Riverbirch Shopping Center off of Spring Lane. It will remain open until a day or two after Christmas, manager Deb Tucker said. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sundays.

• Business fluctuations: In the past week, five corporations formed in Lee County — Bonlee Investment Properties II, Collegiate Nutrition, Deep River Press, Martin Industries and White Apple Fashions — and one corporation, Rent-A-Wreck of Sanford, dissolved.

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