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Written by JORDAN CRAVENS/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 13:09
File photo. A moving truck is seen outside Bennett's Furniture Town in McComb. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
McCOMB — A staple in McComb’s downtown for six decades, Bennett’s Furniture Town, is closing its door by the end of summer.
“The reason for the closing is just the economic conditions,” said Joe Wasson, owner. “It has just gotten to the point where we can’t operate anymore.
“It’s hard to compete and to get people to drive out to these small towns,” he said.
Bennett’s roots date back to 1906 when the store was Diller Furniture Store owned by Frank Diller. In 1953, the store was purchased by the Bennett family.
Wasson and his father, Charles (Chuck), who passed away in December, took over ownership in 1996. Both worked for many years as salesmen for the business.
The impact of the store’s closing will greatly impact this small village in northwestern Hancock County.
“It is just going to be devastating for this town,” Wasson said. “Being born and raised in McComb it has been devastating for me to see what’s happened in McComb. My roots are all here.
“We had 12 employees. A lot of long-time employees. We have employed hundreds of people over the years. It affects our family. It affects their families and it impacts McComb.”
Wasson still owns several buildings in the village’s downtown and he intends to do something with them.
“It will be my mission, once we get the furniture store out, to revitalize this downtown,” he said.
The store is expected to close sometime in August. A store closing sale will begin June 7. The Lynch Sales Company, based out of Grand Rapids, Mich. will coordinate the sale.
“Our trademark was our selection,” Wasson said. “We had the largest selection of anybody within a 50-mile radius. Our service was exemplary. We always went out of our way to help the customer.
“That is really what built the business over the years,” Wasson said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 13:57

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