A business adventure

Frank Owens, along with his wife Devan, recently opened Frontier Furniture in the old Dudley Home Furnishings building on U.S. 421. Pictured with Owens are his children, Caroline, 4, and Evan, 10 months.

For nearly 20 years, Frank Owens has been serving Sampson County in the furniture business. As the owner of Showroom Furniture just on the outskirts of town, Owens recently opened a second store in a building that has been a staple of Sampson County for many years.

Frontier Furniture opened May 20 in the old Dudley Home Furnishings building that has been left sitting vacant for many years. With a passion for serving the community, and a love for selling furniture, Owens, along with his wife Devan, opened the second business as a way to offer the residents and shoppers of Sampson County a bigger selection.

“We started to run out of room at the other store,” Owens said during an interview at the new location. “We thought it would be best to start something from the ground up.”

About a year and a half ago, Owens purchased the historic building that is located just outside the city limits of Clinton on U.S. 421. The building, which sat vacant for many years after serving the county as a furniture business under the ownership of the Dudley family. The new building, Owens said, has about three times the space than the old store provided, with approximately 20,000 square feet of showroom.

“We’ll be able to carry more namebrands than we do at the other store,” Owens stated. “We are in a good location here, in a store that was built to be a furniture store. It was a furniture store before and it had a purpose. We are excited that we are able to bring the furniture store back to what it was meant to be.”

According to Owens, the building, which sat vacant for nearly seven or eight years, was designed to be a furniture store. When he made the purchase, there were already things in line that would allow him to easily open a new furniture business in the location.

Owens, who is from Sampson County, said he and his wife lived outside their home town for some time, but knew coming back to Clinton and serving a community they grew up in was something they wanted to do.

“We wanted to be here to invest in the community and be a part of the community,” Owens said.

Showroom Furniture, Owens first location, will continue to remain open, as both businesses provide different inventory and Owens said he wants to be able to serve his customers and meet their needs.

“They can shop here and shop there and get different things,” Owens said. “We have a good customer base, but we are trying to continue to grow.”

One of the major differences in locations, according to Owens, is the businesses ability to display their children’s line of furniture in a more efficient manner. This, Owens said, was important. Having kids of his own, he wanted to offer something that would be easy for the parents to come in and look at.

The new location does not offer appliances, but customers can find anything else they may need to satisfy their home-furnishing needs. Frontier Furniture offers a mattress gallery at the new location, as well as a motion gallery full of recliners and sectionals.

Since Frontier’s opening last week, Owens said the response has been good.

“There have been a lot of people coming in and taking a look,” Owen said.

A grand opening for the store will be June 12. During the celebration, Owens said he will be giving out prizes and to register to win the prizes, anyone can come into the store of visit the store’s Facebook page.

Frontier Furniture is open Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. The store is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.

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