By Abbi Overfelt
January 24, 2014
LAURINBURG — Rumors of the Laurinburg UPS Store’s demise after the retirement of longtime owners Greg and Lynn King have been greatly exaggerated.
In fact, the store’s new owners will celebrate a grand “re-opening” next week.
Retiring after running the store since 1996, the Kings offered the business to Wesley Locklear, an employee of seven years. With the help of his brother Matthew, who will work with him as co-owner, he was able to purchase the UPS Store, taking the reins on Nov. 1.
Wesley, along with Matthew, who was formerly employed as an assistant manager at Harris Teeter, saw the chance to own their own business as “a good opportunity to move forward in life.”
“Everything’s going great,” said Matthew, who added that the store has kept the same base of loyal customers. “Right now we just want to keep helping our customers, making sure that they’re happy — if they’re happy, we’re happy.”
The UPS Store currently employs seven people, including Matthew and Wesley Locklear and their teenage cousin, who works on Saturdays as a first job.
The store will host a “re-opening” and ribbon-cutting celebration on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Free pizza, drinks, and cupcakes will be provided, with a good time promised for all who come to meet the store’s new owners.
For both of the Locklears, the transition to self-employment has been a literal leap of faith.
“It was God and we couldn’t do it without him,” said Matthew. “He opened up the door and when he opens up a door, no man can shut it. Me and my brother made an agreement that this is God’s business and he is going to give us the strength to be able to run it.”