Henco signals Selmer's decline.

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C Justice

Jackson, TN

#1 Feb 18, 2013
The recent news that Henco Furniture is closing is indeed another nail in the coffin. The harsh reality is that Selmer's economic base is in rapid decline and the leadership of our town and county are essentialy clueless when it comes to any reasoned response. We continue to be greeted by grim economic statistics yet all we are given is empty promises and lame excuses!

There was once a time not too awful long ago when if a person went to town on a Saturday morning he would have to drive around looking for a parking spot. This is no longer true and in fact a drive through town will reveal to any onlooker that Selmer is fast becoming a ghost town. With each passing month the level of activity declines yet we are told everything is fine and it's all good just don't worry. It's sad but I believe a lot of people have fallen for this. It's time for the good people of Selmer and McNairy county to wake up !
Richard

Jackson, TN

#2 Feb 18, 2013
Its too late..People have determined that Selmer is not worth the drive. But i don't believe Henco is the last factor. WE have a furniture store that has survived many years here,,even one retired.. I do not believe the majority of Selmer,Mcnairy citizens could afford the furniture Henco pushed.. Maybe a lazy/boy But yes time to wake up.
C Justice

Jackson, TN

#3 Feb 18, 2013
Richard wrote:
Its too late..People have determined that Selmer is not worth the drive. But i don't believe Henco is the last factor. WE have a furniture store that has survived many years here,,even one retired.. I do not believe the majority of Selmer,Mcnairy citizens could afford the furniture Henco pushed.. Maybe a lazy/boy But yes time to wake up.
Richard the closure of Henco is not the last factor you're quite right as far as that goes, however the fact remains that there can be no doubt whatsoever that Selmer is slowly losing it's retail sector for a variety of reasons for which no body much seems to really care.

It's also true that Henco Furniture is premium quality thus commanding a premium price as it should. Henry Furniture survives primarily beczuse they carry financing themselves which is a boon to those who could not get financing otherwise. Kiestler furniture survived mainly because it was an old and well established business. He also provided easy credit to trusted customers. In short you might say "doing business the old fashioned way". Its highly unlikely that any such business could open it's doors and survive for long in this town. Note that Wininghams in Adamsville was the same kind of business. Relics of a bygone era to be sure.

Selmer is and has been steadily losing it's economic footing even as most of the so called leadership are in denial. It may be that we've gone past the point of no return and tthat a significant majority just no longer care I'm not sure but most people can see what's happening.
Weatherman

Finger, TN

#4 Feb 18, 2013
People always talk about the weather, but never do anything about it.

If you don't want a town to decline, you have to do business there.

If the town is to grow, we have to work together to make it grow. Stop driving out of town for shopping. Leave Wal-mart alone and visit smaller stores.

Henco's only major contribution was bringing people in from Memphis. I've talked to very few locals that shopped there.

What signals the decline is when people accept that decline instead of working on their town.
Richard

Jackson, TN

#5 Feb 18, 2013
I do not believe our leadership is in denial. They have no business experience or business plan. While Robinson Daddy was in the furniture business David never had a flare for that.
The people we have placed to lead are satisfied with the salary and position they have,which is much better than the working class.
Selmer is a retirement community,and yet speak of new schools.
I am thinking should a company as Amazon,Google,Ford Motor Company think of locating here,the leaders we have in place could not close the deal? Big Dream. Should it be a grant. The Grant receives top priority,even if it is a grant for a popper scooper.
Richard

Jackson, TN

#6 Feb 18, 2013
Weatherman wrote:
People always talk about the weather, but never do anything about it.
If you don't want a town to decline, you have to do business there.
If the town is to grow, we have to work together to make it grow. Stop driving out of town for shopping. Leave Wal-mart alone and visit smaller stores.
Henco's only major contribution was bringing people in from Memphis. I've talked to very few locals that shopped there.
What signals the decline is when people accept that decline instead of working on their town.
Actually it is funny you would say that. Most the people saying that are the ones shopping out of town. Go to Kroger,Gardners,Sams in Jackson. who do you see? Do i need to list other products?
Richard

Jackson, TN

#7 Feb 18, 2013
Do we all realize yet,the Problem goes straight back to City Hall. Are we on the same page as they say?
C Justice

Jackson, TN

#8 Feb 19, 2013
I'm with you all when it comes to shopping here but , and I realize but is a big word in this context, so many things aren't available here so what to do? I go out of town to buy it , such as the device I'm writing this text with. I can think of so much that just is not here! I wish it was because it would save me some gas as well as help the town. I've heard that well worn refrain "shop local" but I can't do it if it's not here.

I could provide an extensive list here as I know each of you could. I believe most people would shop here more if the choices were available to them.
Wayne

Milan, TN

#9 Feb 19, 2013
such as the device I'm writing this text with.

I say you could have purchased that in Selmer,the question was the price even?

That said i agree people in Selmer are limited,not only merchandise also jobs.

I really think maybe truck farming could go over good here,it appears we are having problems with fresh fruit,veggies that would be something you would have to grown into. not overnight.
C Justice

Jackson, TN

#10 Feb 19, 2013
Really? Perhaps you'd care to enlighten us here on the tech stores offering a wide array of choices for it's customers. That's a good one, ha ha ha !

That being said there is much I routinely buy out of town because we can't get it here.
Wayne

Milan, TN

#11 Feb 19, 2013
I don't know what you were purchasing. Wall mart has decent gadgets,you have a phone shop for smart phones etc. You can always order on line. I realize wall mart don't handle the big printers,,but for personal gadgets you can do ok at home. I realize you cannot purchase a Porsche,Ferrari, and 200 ft boats. I don't feel as you would be shopping for that,cause i think you would have already moved from Selmer?

BTW,,A good name for Hendrix Book?
fedup

Milan, TN

#12 Feb 20, 2013
Weatherman wrote:
People always talk about the weather, but never do anything about it.
If you don't want a town to decline, you have to do business there.
If the town is to grow, we have to work together to make it grow. Stop driving out of town for shopping. Leave Wal-mart alone and visit smaller stores.
Henco's only major contribution was bringing people in from Memphis. I've talked to very few locals that shopped there.
What signals the decline is when people accept that decline instead of working on their town.
people will never shop in selmer, there is nothing here to shop for. all we have to offer is a speed trap or rolling through a stop sign ticket. but don't blame it all on the mayor and board. corinth just voted in liquor, there's gambling all around and you can't even buy a beer in selmer on sunday. the people hare doesn't want anything to create revenue so we have to keep our sales tax higher and you have to keep paying the police. money has to come from somewhere
C Justice

Jackson, TN

#13 Feb 20, 2013
You know some older folks around town can tell of a time when a man could buy anything he needed or wanted right downtown. Selmer had four new car dealerships. Four grocery stores, appliance stores , two hardware stores, shoe stores, clothing stores and more. There really wasn' t any need to drive out of town for anything. I was talking to one of my older sisters the other day and she told me of a time when she was a little girl when everyone would go to town on Saturday night. I asked her why they did it and she said they would go to look at stuff and meet friends along the streets as they window shopped. My haven't things. changed? Now the most anybody can hope for is a drive rhrough on their way out of town to get what they need!

I sometimes wonder what has happened to the spirit of our citizens along the way as we all have seemed to be content to just sit back and swallow the malarchy from the miserable excuses for leaders we have, and just let our town dry up the way it has.

One day soon it will resemble the images we see on the newscasts of towns that have nearly ceased to function economicly and are boarded up. I can remember when I graduated high school you could get a job if you wanted one that was no problem at all. Today with no jobs and a tiny local economy it's no wonder kids can't wait to grow up and get out of here.
fedup

Milan, TN

#14 Feb 21, 2013
C Justice wrote:
You know some older folks around town can tell of a time when a man could buy anything he needed or wanted right downtown. Selmer had four new car dealerships. Four grocery stores, appliance stores , two hardware stores, shoe stores, clothing stores and more. There really wasn' t any need to drive out of town for anything. I was talking to one of my older sisters the other day and she told me of a time when she was a little girl when everyone would go to town on Saturday night. I asked her why they did it and she said they would go to look at stuff and meet friends along the streets as they window shopped. My haven't things. changed? Now the most anybody can hope for is a drive rhrough on their way out of town to get what they need!
I sometimes wonder what has happened to the spirit of our citizens along the way as we all have seemed to be content to just sit back and swallow the malarchy from the miserable excuses for leaders we have, and just let our town dry up the way it has.
One day soon it will resemble the images we see on the newscasts of towns that have nearly ceased to function economicly and are boarded up. I can remember when I graduated high school you could get a job if you wanted one that was no problem at all. Today with no jobs and a tiny local economy it's no wonder kids can't wait to grow up and get out of here.
if they would let the town vote on liquor by the drink would be a good start but the people that want to keep the small town image would probably vote it down. i would like to see it put to a vote any way
Agreed

Memphis, TN

#15 Feb 21, 2013
C Justice wrote:
You know some older folks around town can tell of a time when a man could buy anything he needed or wanted right downtown. Selmer had four new car dealerships. Four grocery stores, appliance stores , two hardware stores, shoe stores, clothing stores and more. There really wasn' t any need to drive out of town for anything. I was talking to one of my older sisters the other day and she told me of a time when she was a little girl when everyone would go to town on Saturday night. I asked her why they did it and she said they would go to look at stuff and meet friends along the streets as they window shopped. My haven't things. changed? Now the most anybody can hope for is a drive rhrough on their way out of town to get what they need!
I sometimes wonder what has happened to the spirit of our citizens along the way as we all have seemed to be content to just sit back and swallow the malarchy from the miserable excuses for leaders we have, and just let our town dry up the way it has.
One day soon it will resemble the images we see on the newscasts of towns that have nearly ceased to function economicly and are boarded up. I can remember when I graduated high school you could get a job if you wanted one that was no problem at all. Today with no jobs and a tiny local economy it's no wonder kids can't wait to grow up and get out of here.
And also a theater, then a Drive Inn, and a skating ring. Things for people to do!
Weatherman

Jackson, TN

#16 Feb 21, 2013
These are all great suggestions. Who would like to open the theater? or skating rink? or Drive Inn? I promise to frequent them if you do.

I think the fact that we blame the government for the decline shows the real problem. They don't control what kinds of businesses are built in this town. We do. If we want a business, built it.(yes they limit liquor, but if that is you're only answer to build an economy, we've got bigger problems)

Also, C. Justice, there are still 2 hardware stores. True Value and Selmer Hardware. Henry furniture and Appliance is still functioning. I admit there is a lack of Men's clothing, but we have quite a few places for women to get both clothes and shoes.

Are things as great as they used to be? No. But that is the result of a shift in our entire society, not just Selmer. If we want Selmer to grow. We have to grow it. Get involved, tell the leaders what you think. Get someone else elected if you don't like those in power.

I think that the greatest way to help this town is to quit talking about it and start doing things. If you want kids to stay, quit telling them how awful it is and try to give them something to do. Don't complain about how much better it was, unless you want them to hate how it is now.

Things have changed, we can't do anything about that, but we can work together to make the future better.
C Justice

Jackson, TN

#17 Feb 21, 2013
I do not blame local government entirely for the decline of Selmer's industrial/retail sector but what we can blame them for are the times in the past when certain businesses made inquiry about locating here and were told by local officials that their facilities were not disired here. What we can blame local government for is not being our biggest cheerleaders. What we can blame them for is thinking small because that's all they want.

I, like everyone else in this town know that in other parts of the country ithere are many businesses of many kinds actively looking for new places to do business and trying to secape from high tax areas. I can also promise you that if they wanted to locate here it's more than likely that if they paid significant wages and offered real prospects for growth our Chamber of Commerce would deny them in a heartbeat.

The fact that those in leadership positions public and private want to keep this small town small is no secret ! It's not until we finally succeed in getting the old gaurd and their lackies out and finally get some folks who want to open things up will this seemingly impossible situation ever change. A few years back it finally happened in Florence , Alabama and look at it today. The status quo fought hard but in the end were forced by a determined populace and a few determined leaders to surrender there hold on the town and then things began to change. Will that happen here? Could that happen here? I don't know if it ever will but I'd
sure love to see it . Change has to come from within if it comes at all.
Again

Savannah, TN

#18 Feb 21, 2013
Businesses are started by private citizens. It doesn't matter who the leaders are, if you want to start a business start one. Everyone would like to see new businesses, but your statement about getting folks who want to open things up is the mentality that most people have. Somebody needs to do this. Why don't you do it? I agree with someone who posted above. Instead of you talking about what needs to be done, do something. Why do you have to wait for somebody else? If it is so easily doable then go for it. What office do you plan on running for next time? Let us know because we need to vote for you because you've got it all figured out. One question, why haven't you already rescued us??????
Wayne

Finger, TN

#19 Feb 21, 2013
ne day soon it will resemble the images we see on the newscasts of towns that have nearly ceased to function economicly and are boarded up. I can remember when I graduated high school you could get a job if you wanted one that was no problem at all.

You must have graduated when the shoe factories were looking for cheap labor force? People working paycheck to paycheck.
Wayne

Finger, TN

#20 Feb 21, 2013
I do not blame local government entirely for the decline of Selmer's industrial/retail sector but what we can blame them for are the times in the past when certain businesses made inquiry about locating here and were told by local officials that their facilities were not disired here. What we can blame local government for is not being our biggest cheerleaders. What we can blame them for is thinking small because that's all they want

Read your statement real slow. You want to,you change your mind, you start,you stop.

Hell yes,our local gov has killed selmer.

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