GARLAND — Andy Runion is looking forward to bringing a new hardware store to town in the summer. But he wants to know what people would like to see on the shelves.
“We got a lot of positive feedback from the town,” he said Tuesday. “Everybody is positive about it. We’re just trying to keep the ball rolling.”
The NAPA store owner said the facility could save residents a trip to Clinton for supplies.
“I want to make sure I have the basic necessities here,” he said.
His vision is to have a store with 80 percent hardware and 20 percent automotive equipment.
“At first we were thinking about putting another NAPA store here, but we got more feedback about opening a hardware store,” Runion said. “It’s been nothing but positive, so we’ve been pursuing it.”
Garland Hardware will be backed by Trust Worthy Hardware Stores. House Hasson will be the supplier for the store. The full service hardware distributing company is based out of Tennessee.
Some of the other features may include a paint mixing station, appliances, lawn supplies and garden items.
Runion would like to serve the variety of farmers in the area, which include hog, turkey and chicken producers. The city also has garages, contractors, hunters and horse owners.
“There are such a wide variety of different occupations in the area,” he said. “I just want to be sure that we carry what people need.”
A family member recently suggested the sale of dog food in bulk.
“I wasn’t even thinking about putting dog food in,” he stressed. “But there are so many people who hunt with dogs in this area. My uncle said we can buy it from you instead of running all the way to Fayetteville or Lumberton.”
Eventually, he would like for it to grow into a place which also contains lumber supplies. “I want to get it to where if you’re adding a room to your house, I got everything you need,” he said.
Runion is currently taking suggestions by email at email@example.com or through Facebook by typing ‘Garland Hardware’ in the search bar. The page will include updates about the store.
“I don’t want to stock a lot of stuff that’s going to sit there and draw dust,” he said. “I want stuff that going to keep turning and turning. That way, we can keep adding material.”
He wants to build the store on U.S. Route 701 in the old sweepstakes building. An official opening date has not been set, but Runion is looking at July or early August.
“Hopefully, if all the stars align, I would love to be up and going for the first of July,” Runion said. “I would love for that to happen. Worst-case scenario it will be the first week in August.”
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