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ROANOKE RAPIDS — The Badcock Home Furniture and More staff held their grand opening last Wednesday afternoon. Since the store’s soft opening, Manager Miachan Harris said the store should be fully staffed by next week. “I’m from Virginia, so being here is a little different, but I love it,” Harris said. “Everybody has been giving us great support here. We’ve been having some good reviews. We just hope to continue to be like that.” Many people attended, including the City of Roanoke Rapids town officials, Halifax County Commissioner Vernon Bryant, county officials and W.S. Badcock Corp. executives. “It’s very exciting — this is my first time here and seeing the presentation when we drove up is very exciting,” said W.S. Badcock Corp. President Rob Burnette. “We stopped for lunch down the road and it looks like a thriving part of the community. This size town — we’ve done really well down the road in Henderson, and this just really feels like a great Badcock town for us and we’re excited to be here.”
Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the company staff and administration gathered to thank everyone in the facility for attending. Additionally, a check of $2,500 was donated to Angel’s Closet from the company. Burnette said it is important for his company to invest in the communities. “We don’t want to profit off of a community — we want to be a part of that community,” he said. “As part of that, we always make a donation to a local charity and so we are excited to partner with Angel’s Closet.” Angel’s Closet Founder Gilbert Portela said the donation is a blessing. “Every penny of this $2,500 — it’s quite a bit of money — is going right back into the community to help children one way or another,” Portela said. “As you know, we don’t have a payroll, so that goes right back into the community. I’m extremely humbled and honored to receive this donation and grateful.” “This is a very and caring community,” he continued. “Not only from businesses and organizations and individual families but also churches have been very cooperative with Angel’s Closet.” After the presentation, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held outside in front of the store at 1558 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway. An administrator from the Badcock company mentioned there have been 350 transactions since the store opened June 26.
“We’re really thrilled to be here and appreciate the reception from the community,” Burnette said. “Our employees seem excited about the reception we’ve had so far. We hope to make the new customers here a part of our family.”