Serving Denton, NC & Surrounding Communities

March 25, 2015 Edition

The Denton Orator

By Kelly Bledsoe
Denton will lose its largest private employer later this year when the Councill Furniture complex closes as part of a buyout of the company.

The closing of the longtime Councill Furniture operation, costing over a hundred jobs, will happen as part of the deal expected to be completed in June. RHF Investments, Inc., the parent company of Century Furniture and Highland House Furniture, announced last week, that they have entered into an agreement with the owners of Hancock & Moore, Jessica Charles and the 200 Steele showroom building in High Point, NC to purchase all the assets of those companies. They will also purchase selected assets of Thomas & Gray and Councill Furniture though not including Councill’s production facilities in Denton, NC, which will be wound down. It is expected that the transaction will be completed later this spring.

According to Mayor Pro tempore, Deanna Grubb, the closing of Councill Furniture is a devastating blow to the entire community. “It’s not just about the 129 people who are loosing their jobs, the closing affects the entire community…it has a domino effect.”

Denton has still not recovered from the blow it took when Burlington Industries closed down in the mid 90’s forcing hundreds of workers to seek employment out of town. Grubb knows that as difficult as it is the community must pull together and move forward. The Denton Board of Commissioners is actively working to attract potential companies with an interest in the property and equipment.  

Denton Mayor, Larry Ward, reflects that Councill Furniture is synonymous with Denton. “When people talk about Councill they immediately associate it with Denton. It will be sad to loose that connection.”

However, Mayor Ward is optimistic about the future of the 100,000 square foot facility. Ward has received word from Steve Googe, Executive Director of Davidson County Economic Development Commission (EDC), that there are four interested parities looking at that property and he his hopeful that a new business will offer employment opportunities for the citizens of Denton.

 SDHS Auction/Dinner is Saturday
The SDHS Auction/Dinner is set for Saturday, March 28. There will be many items up for auction including furniture, gift certificates to area attractions, a bike, a gun safe, tools, quilts, toys, and many more items.

BBQ chicken plates will also be available for $8.00 per plate starting at 6:00pm. The auction will begin at 7:00pm. Come on out for a fun night while supporting our local high school. All proceeds will be used to buy more security equipment for the school.