By Alice Ortiz/Monroe Journal
Name: Smithville Hardware
Owner: Allen and Leigh Duncan
Address: Highway 25 North, Smithville
Phone: (662) 651-4576
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
QUOTE: ‘Taking care of our customers is how we do business.
Even though Allen and Leigh Duncan didn’t get any help in rebuilding their business after the April 27, 2011, tornado that demolished muchof Smithville, they felt an obligation to their community and town to rebuild.
“I felt like we hadn’t finished the job we started on with this business and we needed to build back,” said Allen.
The business was established in 1922 as Harmon & Lyle Merchandisers, and it owned by E. S. Ferguson at one time. James Burrow owned it for a few years, and then David Ray Brasfield bought it
“I came around here at age 10 and David Ray started letting me do little jobs,” Allen said. “I’ve practically grown up in Smithville Hardware. When he passed away and Miss Jean said he wanted me to buy it, I was honored. I couldn’t let the business die after the tornado because he had placed his trust in me.”
The new Smithville Hardware is laid out with a more open concept. One of the teller windows from the original Bank of Smithville is installed in the store. Old brick from the old store has also been used inside and outside.
The Duncans are rebuilding their stock and hope to be back at full capacity within a year.
The store carries electrical and plumbing, supplies for the professional or do-it-yourselfer, hand tools and power tools. Well pumps and supplies also are available, along with kitchen items, home and garden supplies, outdoor items, hunting clothing and accessories and pocket knives. The store also does custom fabrication and other detailed and specialty work.
Smithville Hardware also has lawn and garden materials, and it performs lawnmower repairs.
Alice Ortiz, Monroe Journal