Knox Furniture is planning to open a temporary location at 18 Savannah Street in Newnan. During the March EF4 tornado the company’s main location at 75 Greenville Street sustained heavy damages and will be under reconstruction for the next 12-18 months. “Our temporary location on 18 Savannah Street also sustained damages from the tornado,” said Sara Knox Rund, Marketing and Sales. “We are working hard to get it up and running as quickly as possible, and are hoping for a July or August Grand Opening.”
The management of Knox Furniture have been proactive in ordering stock with the backlog of supply chain issues caused by the pandemic. Even though they lost 80% of the roof of their main building and nearly the same percentage in merchandise, they have stayed vigilant in ordering what stock was available and will have a steady stream of product to fill the sales floor at Savannah Street. “During Covid, our store manager was extremely proactive in ordering merchandise due to extended lead times across all manufacturers,” said Sara. “In the coming months we will be continually receiving new merchandise due to our extensive ordering. Our sales team will be able to assist customers in their selection process and will be extremely knowledgeable about the furniture available both in-stock and for custom ordering.”
With all the bad that comes with something as devastating as a tornado, there is also an opportunity for many good things to happen, and for humanity to show its kindness. Friends, customers, and other business owners all came together to help pick up the pieces. “My family and I will never be able to find the words to describe the amount of support we have received since March 26th,” said Sara.
Open since 1955, Knox Furniture has played an important role in the Newnan Community, and it showed with the outpouring of support after the tornado. “We have had food sent to us all the way from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Charleston, South Carolina, from Home Team BBQ, as well as local families and volunteers making sure the people of Knox Furn were constantly being fed,” said Sara. “We had our employees, friends, other local businesses, and tons of people pouring into 75 Greenville Street helping us save as much furniture as possible.”
Knox Furniture looks forward to opening its temporary location this summer to help the rest of the community recover from the tornado and furnish homes that are having to be rebuilt.
“On behalf of the entire Knox Furniture family, thank you; thank you for the food, helping hands, kindness, encouragement, and the continued support on one of the darkest days. You all are the reason we want to continue serving this unbelievable community. If my grandmother Virginia Knox was still here, she would continue to remind us: ‘day by day.’”