Ram­sey’s Fur­ni­ture

The Covington News - - Local news - By Sabas­tian Wee swee@cov­news.com

Ram­sey’s Fur­ni­ture has been a Cov­ing­ton land­mark for more than 90 years.

Lo­cated at 1145 Clark St. near the Newton County Courthouse, the store has sur­vived The Great De­pres­sion and eco­nomic re­ces­sions to con­tinue serv­ing the peo­ple of Newton County.

Cur­rently owned by for­mer Mayor Sam Ram­sey, the store’s day-to-day op­er­a­tion is con­ducted by Tony Ram­sey, a fourth­gen­er­a­tion mem­ber of the Ram­sey fam­ily in the busi­ness.

Tony, who worked at IKON as a field ser­vice man­ager, has been with the store for 14 years. Sam ap­proached Tony to run the store and he read­ily ac­cepted.

Be­fore open­ing the store off the square in 1919, Sam’s grand­fa­ther, C.D. Ram­sey, owned a gen­eral store on Salem Road. In 1922, his fa­ther, C.D. Jr., took over care of the store.

While in col­lege, Sam Ram­sey added a record sec­tion to the store, which at the time was the only record store in the five­county area.

“(Sam) paid his way through col­lege by sell­ing records out of the back room,” said Tony.

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

Ram­sey’s Fur­ni­ture of­fers a va­ri­ety of home fur­nish­ings, in­clud­ing mat­tresses and liv­ing and din­ing room sets. The store has one of the largest se­lec­tions of La-Z-Boy fur­ni­ture in Ge­or­gia; they are also one the old­est deal­ers in Sim­mons mat­tresses.

The Ram­sey fam­ily, with its long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ships with fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ers, is able to pass their sav­ings on to their cus­tomers cus­tomers.

“We are able to keep the prices down be­cause we’re the land­lords of our fa­cil­i­ties,” said Tony. “That al­lows us to beat any At­lanta prices.”

The busi­ness added a new build­ing on Usher Street to dis­play more prod­uct lines to at­tract cus­tomers. The build­ing is also used as a ware­house.

Serv­ing peo­ple they know per­son­ally has al­ways been en­joy­able for the Ram­seys and some­thing which sets the store apart from other, larger, fur­ni­ture chains.

“It is lean times right now, so we are just try­ing to main­tain,” said Tony. “We’ve been very for­tu­nate, as Newton County has been very good to us.”

Brit­tany Thomas/The Cov­ing­ton News

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