Mayor Bobby Huitt, owners Teresa Lowman and Mary Ann Froneberger and their families and friends cut the ribbon Thursday at the grand opening of Hometown Furniture on Main Street.
Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News
Everything from leather couches to love seats to beds fills the new location of Hometown Furniture.
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and members of the community welcomed the furniture store into the former Main Street Market Place building during a grand opening ceremony Thursday.
The business, co-owned by Mary Ann Froneberger and Teresa Lowman, used to occupy a building on the Cronland property on East Main Street.
Walking in the door of its new home, the transformation is evident.
Hometown Furniture, which used to occupy 9,000 square feet on East Main Street, takes up 20,000 square feet of its new building.
Gary Froneberger, one of the storeâ€™s co-workers, said he is hoping the building will be transformed into a small mall.
In the next few weeks, Dependable Carpet and Tile and what was formerly known as Ceciliaâ€™s Attic will also find a home in the old building.
There is also the hope for a beauty shop to move in as well.
Those involved view the downtown location as a positive move for the business.
Terry Lowman, co-worker with Froneberger, said if it wasnâ€™t for the support of Lincoln County for two and a half years, they would not have had the ability to move to Main Street.
“I love Main Street,” he said.
Froneberger looks forward to customers stepping inside the new store for the first time.
“We want people to think of this as a market place, once we get them in here we donâ€™t want them to leave,” Froneberger said. “We want them to walk the streets and go into other stores too.”
Co-owner Teresa Lowman said the location will help the business give back to the county.
“This building is the heart of Lincolnton,” she said.
The building also has roughly 1,500 square feet of available space for lease upstairs.
An open house is scheduled for April once all the other businesses have moved in.by Amy Wadsworth