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Building on a legacy
Houston County Courier - October 2009
By Daphne Hereford
If you are looking for a recipe for success in building a legacy, a Grapeland family has certainly set a sterling example.
Make an investment of $465; add quality merchandise ranging from eggs to farm equipment; put in 123 years of hard work and voila you have a business whose sales now top $1 million a year.
Darsey’s Furniture will celebrate the grand opening of their new 25,000 square foot store located on U.S. 287 north on Thursday, Oct. 29.
The new building has 7.5 miles of electrical wiring and is serviced by 13 air conditioning units.
Grand opening events will be held 3-6 p.m. and include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m.
Door prizes will include shopping sprees, recliner, and video chairs.
The Darsey legacy began in 1886 when George E. Darsey, Sr. bought out his business partner and began operations of the Grapeland store under his own name.
Today, fourth and fifth generation descendants from the founder, Charley Hill Darsey, his wife Tonya and their daughters Haley and Brooke work daily in the family business that now offers home furnishings to area customers.
Darsey said the business is the largest furniture store in Houston County and considered the oldest business in continuous operation by the same family in the state of Texas.
The company that began more than a century ago with one man now employs about 10 people.
The family business has survived adversity over the years.
The most notable events were the fire in 1913 that destroyed six Darsey buildings, the Great Depression, and a tornado, that in May 2009 destroyed a corrugated iron warehouse that was the third building in the history of the business.
The business moved to their current location in 2000 and the new building is adjacent to that building which will house appliances.