Longtime furniture business to shut down after more than five decades in Selma

Published 9:32 pm Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gray’s Furniture will close after 57 years in its familiar Broad Street location. The store announced its intention to close this week after five decades as a staple in Selma and it’ll be missed.

Margaret Cole, the store’s owner, said Gray’s will close because she’s ready to retire and spend more time with her family. We don’t blame her for that, but it’s sad to see any store close, especially one that has been in business since 1960. Gray’s won’t officially close down until May, so there’s still several weeks for longtime customers to stop in and make a purchase or two.

Gray’s is the second longtime small business to announce its closure in the past six months. Butler Truax Jewelers, which opened in 1845, announced it would close in November and shut its doors completely earlier this year.

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Gray’s celebrated its 50th anniversary just seven years ago, a real milestone for any business. In 57 years, we can only imagine the ups and downs the store endured, but it stuck around all that time and served the citizens of Selma.

That’s something Cole and her family should be real proud of when they lock the door for the final time.

Until then, we encourage anyone that hasn’t been to Gray’s — or at least hasn’t stopped by in a while — to at least take time to say hello.

We’re sure Cole and the rest of the employees would appreciate it.