When Bobby Culpepper moved his Ford dealership operations from Harlem to Thomson this past November, he thought it would be a move met by open arms in McDuffie County.
But the welcome he received surpassed even his expectations.
Tomorrow at 11 a.m., the welcome will be made complete with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce. It's part of Culpepper's month-long celebration of their move to Thomson that is jam-packed with deals for everyone.
"We hope to be here in Thomson with as much history as we had in Harlem," said Mr. Culpepper whose family-operated dealership started in Harlem in 1949. "We feel like we'll carry a lot of that history here, and of course Thomson's been a part of us and our family anyway. It's just a perfect transition to be here."
The celebration began with senior's week and featured discounts and incentives for senior citizens looking for a new Ford vehicle. The coming week is family fun week. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available, and inflatable playgrounds will be on site for kids whose parents are car shopping.
The following week is women's week. Discounts for ladies searching for the right car will be available. Also the dealership will host a clinic for women who want to learn the basics about servicing their car.
"What we're trying to do is just make it fun for people in Thomson that have not done business with us to come out and give us a try and kind of get to know us," Mr. Culpepper said.
The ribbon cutting and welcome from the Chamber will feature comments from Mr. Culpepper and local leaders as well as refreshments.