65 Vacant Storefronts Counted in Conway


Bill Thompson thinks his 18,000-square-foot downtown Conway building is worth at least $185,000 more than he’s asking for it, but he’s stuck like so many other business people in an economy that isn’t what it should be.

The building that houses Dixie Furniture Co. is a downtown icon that originally opened in 1951 as Johnson Cotton Co. Thompson, who started working there in 1962, said he changed the name to Dixie Furniture when he bought it in 1975.

“I want to cry,” he said of giving up his life’s work.

┬áBut Thompson’s move isvoluntary, unlike others in Conway who have been forced to close because of the Great Recession.


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