Furniture store opens in downtown Franklin

Published 11:30 am Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Debra Sullivan finishes some paperwork at Downtown Clearance Center. BRIAN WHITT/TIDEWATER NEWS


FRANKLIN—Downtown Clearance Center furniture store recently opened at 115 E. Second Ave. in Franklin, at the former location for Angie’s Anything and Everything next to Hardee’s.

Owner Don Sullivan chose the downtown location for his third store because he liked the area.

“I was driving through downtown and really liked the area, and then I noticed this building and that it was for sale,” Sullivan said.

The Charlottesville native also owns stores in Weldon and Tarboro, N.C., and mainly deals in closeouts, market samples and scratch-and-dent items.

He said business has been good and his biggest challenge is finding merchandise.

The store employs four, all of whom came from the store’s other locations. If business improves, Sullivan plans to hire locally.

His wife, Debra, helps at the Franklin store and runs one of their stores in North Carolina. Their daughter, Heather, runs the third store.

The Downtown Clearance Center offers layaway and in-house financing.

The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and can be contacted at 562-3232.