Ram­sey Fur­ni­ture still go­ing strong

The Covington News - - Local news -

Al­most 90 years ago the Ram­sey fam­ily opened a fur­ni­ture store just off of theCov­ing­ton square on Clark Street. To­day, for­mer mayor ofCov­ing­ton Sam Ram­sey runs the store, which has ap­prox­i­mately 30,000 square feet of dis­play space.

Be­fore open­ing the store off of the square in 1919, Ram­sey’s grand­fa­ther, C.D. Ram­sey, owned a gen­eral store on Salem Road. In 1922, Ram­sey’s fa­ther C.D. Jr., took over care of the store. In 1948, Ram­sey’s placed its first tele­vi­sion set in the front dis­play win­dow for passer­bys to see. As many as a hun­dred peo­ple lined the ex­te­rior of the store to watch a tiny 10-inch black-and­whiteRCA­mod­el­beamthe test pat­tern of WSB un­til a net­work ex­ec­u­tive came on air to in­tro­duce the sta­tion. While in col­lege, Ram­sey added a record sec­tion to the store, which at the time was the only one in the five-county area.

Fa­mous vis­i­tors to the store in­clude Vice Pres­i­dent Alvin Barkley and Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter.

Through the years Ram­sey’s has weath­ered The Great De­pres­sion and eco­nomic re­ces­sions, only to sur­vive and con­tinue to serve the peo­ple of New­ton County. “I must ad­mit this round of eco­nomic down­turn is the first one I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced,” Ram­sey said.

To­day, Ram­sey’s has one of the largest selections of Lazy Boy fur­ni­ture in Ge­or­gia. Be­cause the Ram­sey fam­ily has such long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ships with fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ers, they are able to pass their sav­ings on to their cus­tomers. He ex­plained how he was able to sell as much liv­ing room fur­ni­ture as he does to­day with only a third of the in­ven­tory.

“You just didn’t have the se­lec­tion you have to­day,” Ram­sey said. “Cus­tomers de­mand to see more and more.”

Through­out the years, Ram­sey’s has al­ways been a fam­ily af­fair. “It’s been a plea­sure to have Tony Ram­sey be the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Ram­sey fam­ily to serveNew­ton County,” Ram­sey said.

“I think our store is a lot dif­fer­ent for the peo­ple in­volved, and me too, be­cause we know each other,” Ram­sey­said. “I’m cer­tainly go­ing to try to do the best I can do for friends and peo­ple I’ve known all my life.”

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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