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Despite repair costs, Yourway Furniture leads way for businesses
class=”alignright” title=”http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=TL&Date=20120617&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=120619835&Ref=AR&MaxW=728&logo=/images/watermark.gif&logoxpos=0&logoypos=0″ src=”http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=TL&Date=20120617&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=120619835&Ref=AR&MaxW=728&logo=/images/watermark.gif&logoxpos=0&logoypos=0″ alt=”" width=”306″ height=”230″ />June 17, 2012 – Johnny Little considered retiring to his farm in Haleyville after his furniture store in Alberta was struck by last year’s tornado. “We had $1.5 million in damage,” he said of the store, Yourway Furniture. “The roof was off. The whole building was flooded. Inventory was lost or damaged.
“Being here 23 years, I had a lot of mixed emotions. Do I continue? Do I put more money back into the business or do I phase it out?” And then there was the human factor. He had 20 employees, many of whom had been with Yourway for more than 15 years. They were good workers who would do whatever he asked of them, Little said.
“As I looked at the situation, I said ‘What are these people going to do?’ They have been so loyal to me all of these years. Do I just push them into the street and tell them ‘Good luck?’” Little decided to continue the business. He moved his store operations to a warehouse he had on Skyland Boulevard while he repaired his store at 930 26th Ave. E., just off University Boulevard.
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