Flint Appliance Center Store to Close | Business
The Flint Appliance Center at 924 S. Houston Lake Road in Warner Robins will be closing, before Apr. 30 or when the existing inventory is gone.
“Flint has been providing appliance sales as a member service since 1998,” said Sr. Vice President Jimmy Autry. “But we’ve made the decision to exit the appliance business this spring.” Autry said that Flint’s Appliance Center had weathered the economic downturn for more than four years, but that closing the store was the best decision for members in the future.
“We had some very good years serving our members in the decade of the 2000’s, peaking in 2006,” said Autry. “But the market has not rebounded enough for us to continue.”
Autry noted that the Flint Appliance Center market was constrained somewhat by a legal ruling that dictated the store only sell to members of Flint Energies. For this reason, the Reynolds location of the Flint Appliance Center had closed soon after it opened in 1998.
“Houston County has been very good to the Flint Appliance Center,” said Autry. “Many of our members have taken advantage of the retail store, and even more new members walked into brand new homes outfitted with GE, Frigidaire and Samsung appliances because their builders chose the Flint Appliance Center.”
A retail “Store Closing Sale” will be announced shortly as the store offers its final inventory at reduced prices to Flint Energies members, Autry added.
After the Appliance Center closes, Flint will be repurposing the building for other Flint Energies activities, but not as a retail business, said Autry. The electric cooperative will be offering support to the Appliance Center employees as they seek other employment in the community.
Retail appliance sales were a service to members of Flint Energies. Autry said the closing of the Flint Appliance Center would have no material impact on the finances of the not-for-profit Flint Energies and its members.