Company buys former Ferriday Walmart space

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 13, 2008

FERRIDAY — One of the largest commercial spaces in Ferriday is going to be filled once again.

The former Ferriday Walmart — empty since the Vidalia store opened in 2005 — will soon house Budget Build Lumber and Supply Company.

There are several reasons for the move, which will likely be made in February or March, Budget Build Manager James King said.

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The first is because the current Budget Build location at 2201 E.E. Wallace Blvd., is leased, and the owners of the store were able to purchase the old Walmart location.

The second is a demand for more space — and at 41,000 square feet, the new location will significantly outpace the 25,000 square feet in which the store currently operates.

“It will be a lot better conditions,” King said. “I’ll be able to enlarge the hardware section from 4,000 to 10,000 feet.”

The store will likely utilize all of the available space.

“I have plans to use it all,” King said.

Before the move, the company will make a special effort to spruce up the location.

“We are going to redo the building inside and out — we are going to try to spruce it up and buy some new shelving,” King said. “I want it to look as nice as it can.”

They will also fence off part of the outside area to use for outside storage to expand the sales of things like concrete statues and fountains, King said.

For the move, King said he looks to hire three to five people and will likely retain some of those on a full-time basis.

Budget Build is owned by Denny and Carol Braswell.