B&G Goods to open April 18

FRONT ROYAL — B&G Goods will have its grand opening April 18, five months to the day it was announced by the Warren County Economic Development authority it would be the new tenant at the site of the former Stokes Mart.

In November, the authority announced it would purchase the site and then lease it back to B&G with an option for the company to buy the site in three years.

Glen Sims, a co-owner of B&G, said the business would offer many of the same services of the Stokes Mart.

“I feel like we’ll do an excellent job filling in those shoes,” he said.

“I think we’ll actually offer more than Stokes did,” added Billy Lambert, Sims’ business partner.

Sims said the business will “dabble” in outdoors goods, selling canoes, river floats, camping supplies, grilling supplies, hunting gear, fishing gear and live bait. It will also sell groceries and household items.

Both Sims and Lambert have worked at Home Depot, becoming managers at “$15 to $70 million in sales” stores. Sims said the store is their way of trying to “venture out and apply what we’ve learned over the years.”

“We both have great backgrounds in maintaining good looking displays, taking inventory, customer service and maintaining a clean store,” he said. “Home Depot also taught us how to rotate perishables, because there are a lot of perishables there, too … we know how to rotate merchandise and keep an eye on it.”

Sims added, “I know one of the big pet peeves of the old Stokes Mart was having outdated food … well, that’s not going to be our M.O.”

Sims said one of the challenges of opening was the fact the site “was an old building.” Lambert said the condition it was in was a “disaster.”

Sims said, “We had to redo the floor and we didn’t want to do it all, but after starting and seeing how good it looked, we had to go ahead and finish it up.”

The store will have to get established before there can be any hiring, Sims said.

“We need to get settled in and see cash flowing before we can afford to hire anybody,” he said. “The main thing is getting started.”

April 3, the store had a “soft opening” to calibrate its registers, Sims said. He said between now and opening day, the store will sell the plants and mulch located outside the store’s doors.

Lambert said the biggest challenge now is to get the store stocked and ready to go.

“That’s what we’re working on now,” he said. “We got to put orders in and get the inventory in here … most of those things take about 24 hours.”

The store is slated to open April 18 and is located at 506 East Main St. in Front Royal. Store hours are subject to change, but Sims said the store would probably be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sundays, he expects to either be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until 2 p.m.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com