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Local businesses shuffle locations

Three businesses in eastern Thomson will be playing musical chairs in the coming months.

Wayne Williford, owner of Crackshot Pawn and Sunset Auto said he purchased Pilgrim and Son's Garage from Danny Pilgrim. Mr. Williford will construct a new building and move his operations to the new location.

"We're going to build us a new building, something with a little better look, a little upscale," Mr. Williford said.

His move opened up the Crackshot building which has now been purchased by Grand Rental Station. Once Mr. Williford's business is moved, Grand Rental will then move into the larger building from its current location, said Owner/Manager Brad Adams.

"It's going to give us way more room," Mr. Adams said. "It's going to give us a better place to display our party items, a cleaner, nicer showroom. It's just an overall better place to operate from."

Mr. Williford also feels his future location will be beneficial to his customers by attracting a wider range of patrons.

"I'm going to scale down a lot, but I'm going to scale up in quality. We're going to be a lot more into jewelry and estate pieces and things like that," Mr. Williford said.

He added that an auction house was possible in the near future for his new location. Also, he can keep a closer eye on his car lot that now has room to expand. Mr. Williford hopes to be in the new building by late October.

In the meantime, Mr. Pilgrim is significantly scaling down his operation. He currently works in the morning for a salvage yard in Mesena and will only handle small repair work for his regular customers.

"I'll just do general maintenance, like tune ups, brake jobs and still some pipe work," Mr. Pilgrim said. "But I ain't doing any motors, transmission jobs. I'm getting out of all that heavy stuff. I'm just not able to do it."

Web posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006

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