By Dennis Seid
TUPELO – Hubbard & Hoke, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, celebrated another accomplishment to start 2017.
The Blytheville, Arkansas-based retailer was the recipient Thursday of the 56th National Buyer Appreciation Award at the Tupelo Furniture Market.
“We’re just very honored,” said Ben Hubbard, who operates the business with brother George Hubbard III. “Tupelo has meant a lot to us for a long time because it’s very good to our business. We get to meet all the people and see their goods, it’s easy to come to, and the Tupelo Furniture Market takes care of us better than anywhere else.”
The business got its start in 1916 in downtown Blytheville when G.G. Hubbard opened a small furniture store. It grew into its present 25,000 square feet, and in 1950, a second store was opened in Osceola, Arkansas.
George III and Ben have continued the legacy of their grandfather, father and uncle, having expanded the company’s lineup include not only include furniture, but also bedding, appliances, carpet, TVs and electronics.
The furniture and bedding they sell comes primarily from Northeast Mississippi and the Tupelo Furniture Market, which itself is marking its 30th anniversary this year.
“We love the Tupelo Furniture Market,” George III said. “If you’re a retailer, this is the best furniture market. There is no better place. We’re very honored by this award.”