In 2002, when the National Retail Hardware Association named him one of its top young retailers of the year, Terry England envisioned an unlimited future for his popular Homeport Farm Mart off Highway 53. Contractors and construction workers in Barrow County and surrounding counties were drawn to the new 19,000-square-foot store where some laid on the counter hundreds of dollars a week for Georgia boots, Carhartt clothes, Case knives and a plethora of farm and garden supplies. But that new wave of prosperity in Barrow County that looked so promising in early 2004 was short lived.
Terry and his wife Cindy noticed a drop-off in sales as early as late 2004 and early 2005. Then the recession that began in 2007 took with it most of the county’s construction industry and its workers’ disposable income. Five years later, it is taking down Homeport. The couple talked with a Journal reporter last week about their decision to close their business.
For the full story, see the Nov. 21 issue of the Barrow Journal.