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Business marks 50th anniversary

Submitted photo Adkins Home Center in Parsons first opened its doors in 1971 and was originally called Parsons Hardware. The store is celebrating its 50th anniversary today.

PARSONS — Adkins Home Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary today in the same city it has always called home — Parsons.

“We opened the doors up on Oct. 1, 1971,” Brian Adkins, who is one of three generations of family members to work in the store, told The Inter-Mountain Thursday. “Back when we opened, though, we were called Parsons Hardware. Then in 1977 we changed over to the name Adkins Home Center.”

Brian’s father and mother, Renick and Betty Adkins, started the business and today Brian’s daughter, Samantha Dellicker, is an employee at the store. Although they’re semi-retired, Renick and Betty Adkins are still at the store on a daily basis.

“At times we have three generations in the store working,” Brian Adkins said. “My mom and dad still come in and do some work, and then I have my daughter in here with us, so it’s definitely a family business.”

Brian Adkins’ brother, Mike, also works for the company and runs the feed store next door to the hardware store. Another employee, Karen Hockman, has been with Adkins Home Center for the past 45 years.

Brian Adkins said when the business began it was his mother who handled most of the day-to-day operations.

“When we first opened, Dad really only worked part-time because he was also working for the telephone company,” he said. “Before he came into it full-time, Mom ran it for the first several years.”

Brian Adkins said the business has grown immensely since its grand opening back in 1971.

“We started in a little building downtown where the laundromat is now,” he said. “We’ve grown considerably since then and we actually have more buildings and sheds that are bigger than the size of the original building we were in.”

He said he was right there working alongside his parents when the store began.

“When they opened I started working and I was 6 years old,” he said. “At that time I would come down and help put bicycles and wheelbarrows together. Then when I was probably 11, I started loading trucks, sweeping floors, running the forklift and whatever else had to be done.”

Brain Adkins said he is proud of how well the store has survived and persevered over the years.

“We’ve dealt in a little bit of everything in order to keep going,” he said. “Being able to adapt to new stuff has been a big key to us surviving as long as we have.”

The store was scheduled to have a public event today to celebrate its anniversary, but due to COVID-19, the Adkins decided to scale down the celebration. Customers who come in today, however, will be treated to cookies and refreshments.

Brian Adkins said he is hopeful the store will be able to have a proper celebration in the spring for the 50th anniversary.

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