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H&W rises from the ashes

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Local business rebuilds, relocates after 2016 fire

By Moreland Jeff

 

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Shortly after seeing his family’s business destroyed by fire nearly two years ago, Shaun Hord had a simple answer for how he, his family, and his employees would move forward.

“We’re just praying about it and taking it a day at a time,” Hord said in 2016.

Now, after much prayer, they have an answer, and it lies just across the street from the building they called home in the aftermath of the fire.

H&W Sport Shop was destroyed by fire on June 23, 2016, and the short-term solution was to relocate to 119 East Main Street in the old Snappy Tomato Pizza location, which was provided by Josh Tucker and his family. Hord said he was very thankful for the use of the building.

Now, H&W has moved across the street and calls 120 East Main Street its new home, and the community got an up-close-and-personal look at the new location Monday. That’s when the Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening for H&W, and the crowd that came out was unlike any a local grand opening had seen in some time. Hord said he was told by Rob Collins, a member of the chamber of commerce’s board of directors, that this was the largest grand opening he had seen in 20-some years.

“It was very encouraging to see such a great response from the community, showing support for H&W Sports and the Hord family,” Collins said.

H&W Sport Shop was established in 1969 by Shaun’s dad, Ronnie Hord, and his partner, Wayne Wells. Shaun and his wife, Paige, purchased the family business just more than three years ago, and he was very excited with the opening in the new location following the grand opening.

“It’s a new location for our store, and a new look,” Hord said Tuesday. “It went great. It was a big crowd, and I was kind of surprised. It was very humbling and exciting at the same time to see the support and love, not only of the community, but family and friends, and everyone who took time out of their day to come over and see a new start for an established business that my dad started 49 years ago, and I’ve been able to continue for about 3 ½ years now.”

The building was most recently home to Sapp’s Antiques, and Hord said a lot of work went into the renovation.

“The building was in pretty rough shape, to be honest with you. We pretty much gutted it. We had to go in and do some frame work on certain things, and we tore off the back section and added a new back section,” Hord said. “All in all, we were able to restore a lot of the front while keeping the integrity of the brick walls, while making it have an industrial look with the concrete floors and having some modern amenities to it, with the different offices that we have.”

As they walk through H&W, visitors will see beautiful exposed brick walls and concrete floors, along with other touches that will grab their attention. The conference room table has been designed by Oak & Axe of Campbellsville to look like a basketball court, and the stairway in the rear of the building is decorated with Louisville Slugger baseball bats. In addition, there are family heirlooms, such as a vintage H&W Sport Shop jacket, and a framed basketball uniform worn by Ronnie Hord in his playing days.

While displaying artifacts from the past, H&W continues to look to the future. Hord said the company is coming off its best year ever in terms of sales, and now, the company looks to continue serving customers in their new state-of-the-art location.

“We’ve been very blessed, and my hope is the business can be used for God’s glory, and the benefit of others, that being my family and the family of the employees that are there and the customers that come through the door,” he said. “That would be our goal in what we’re doing, and we’ve been very blessed through this, to end up where we are after the fire and what we’ve gone through. It’s been a long process, but we’re very thankful to be where we are now.”

This Saturday will mark what Hord called one of H&W’s biggest days of the year as the company hosts its annual baseball and softball sale. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments, prize drawings and discounts on items in the store.

Hord said he would like to invite everyone to attend and see the new location, while experiencing the service they’ve come to know from H&W over the past 49 years.

“We’re definitely glad to be able to have that, and show people just the future of H&W and the direction we’re going with the sales department and production area, and making things a whole lot more efficient for us to service our customers and get them taken care of,” he said.