Residents of the Plain View community are used to the sign and general store and its owner who have served the community for 45 years. They may not be used to what they now see inside of the store — a full inventory of hardware items.
The Plainview General Store, located on U.S. 421, plans to hold a grand opening of its renovated store.
Connected to the long-standing sign business owned by Carl Underwood, the business will be called the Plainview Supply Store and has just about every kind of hardware item one could imagine. The hardware store will also be owned by Mr. Underwood.
A total inventory of plumbing equipment, tools, screws, nails, bolts and many other items line large shelves on well lit aisles in the store.
Some of the other offerings include electrical supplies, cleaning supplies, generators and power equipment.
“There is not a lot we don’t have,” Mr. Underwood said. “We try to keep as much inventory as we can.”
Mr. Underwood said he knows he is breaking a trend in his industry as he starts his new venture.
“Everybody else is closing hardware stores and we are opening one, but we think the community needs this,” Mr. Underwood said.
He said the move toward hardware wasn’t a hard decision. He has been a businessman in the area all his life operating different businesses including a wrecker service.
He has seen a public demand for business to evolve into different things.
“A lot of changes have happened in the 45 years and we have to change also,” Mr. Underwood said. “I’m getting older and I had to do something to slow down.”
He said the community has responded well.
“It is growing a little bit at a time as more people see us here,” Mr. Underwood said. “There are a lot of cars that go by here every day and we want them to know we are here. ”
He has moved out of several businesses he has operated at the site and now focuses on fewer things. In addition to the hardware store, he will continue operating his popular sign business in an adjacent building.