Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: Burgaw business, old and new
Harrell’s Retail Store has called Burgaw home since 1903. Since the store opened, Burgaw has seen some drastic changes. Plenty of businesses have come and gone, and the town’s population has grown.
“Burgaw is a historic town, so when you go into Burgaw, when you go into these businesses, usually you will have the person who runs the business,” said Donna Best-Klinge of Burgaw Chamber of Commerce.
No where is that more true than Harrell’s. The Burgaw retail store has been open more than 100 years, and has been run by the same family for three generations. “Originally it was a general store with everything from horse collars and pickles to baby shoes and carriages,” said Vernon Harrell.
Over the years, the Harrell’s have seen the store and the town change together. “Businesses have come and gone and the community has expanded,” added Harrell.
One of the new businesses to call Burgaw home is the Traditions Gift Shop. “We mainly decided to open up because of just the charming historic area,” Emily Warren said.
With long standing businesses throughout the small town, new business owners try to take advantage by filling other needs. Pat Davis of Traditions Gift Shop said, “Burgaw is known for its antiques and we offer a good compliment.”
Though the town has seen big changes between Harrell’s grand opening and Traditions moving to town, some things have remained the same for both business owners and customers.
“Within a matter of 15 minutes they can drive into town, do their business, and then be heading back home,” described Harrell.
Davis said, “The community has been so warm and friendly, other businesses have been so welcoming, and we’re just so excited to be here.”
With very loyal customers it’s a place they could be for the next hundred years. Harrell said, “We have customers that have been coming in since their grandparents introduced them to us years ago, so we feel like the situation will be positive in the future.”
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