With more and more customers purchasing furniture online, brick-and-mortar stores have been closing across the country. However, Kimbrell's Furniture got with the times and made online shopping available for its customers.
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KIMBRELL'S FURNITURE, DOWNTOWN
WHERE: 49 S. Main St.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Kimbrell's Furniture has been in business since 1915 with more than 50 locations in the Carolinas and one in Georgia, two of which are in Sumter: one downtown and one on Broad Street.
The downtown location, 49 S. Main St., has moved a couple times, but it claimed Downtown Sumter as its roots with each move.
For 39 years, manager Carol Rhame has worked with Kimbrell's Furniture. She said the store first started on Liberty Street as early as the '70s and later moved to South Main Street in 1974. It then moved again in 1983 just across the street.
When it comes to merchandise, the store is filled from front to back.
"We carry anything you want," Rhame said. "We sell living room, bedroom, dining room appliances and electronics. Just so many options."
As far as the furniture, Rhame said, Kimbrell's sells brands like Ashley Furniture, Catnapper and Corinthian, the top sellers.
Recently, the store has adapted with the online shopping trend and made purchasing items available through its website.
"You can actually get your credit approved online and buy online now," Rhame said. "We just started that within the last 60 days."
Rhame said she hasn't seen a lot of Sumter customers purchasing furniture online yet, but they have had customers complete their credit approvals online before coming to the store.
Providing deliveries at a set fee in about a 60-mile radius - often with the ability for same-day delivery - the store's staff is easy to work with, especially with new credit customers, Rhame said. All you have to do is stop by or get online.
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