WARRIOR / BIRMINGHAM – McCurry Furniture, a third-generation family owned and operated furniture store in Warrior, celebrates 100 years in business in November. The Alabama Retail Association honored the store today as an Alabama Centennial Retailer.
The McCurry family has been associated with the business since its founding in 1917 at Birmingham’s 2221 Second Ave. N. by Andrew Jackson “A.J.” McCurry and C.V. Hoover. By 1919, the partners bought a building at 210 Main St. N. in Warrior and opened another furniture store to the city in north Jefferson County, where it remains today. A.J. and C.V. kept the friendship, but dissolved their business relationship in 1921. Over the years, locations were added in Oneonta, Garden City, Trussville and Demopolis.
The founder’s son, Andrew Jackson “Jack” McCurry II, bought the Warrior location in the mid-1940s. In 1971, Andrew “Andy” Jackson McCurry III came to work for the family business, and, by 1976, he had entered a “buy/sell agreement” to take over ownership of McCurry Furniture. Andy McCurry remains the chief executive officer today.
“It has been a great life adventure and blessing for me to be able to carry on the legacy of my Dad and grandfather, although I will never be able to fill their shoes,” said the founder’s grandson. While McCurry Furniture only operates the original Warrior store now, it remains a family affair.
Andy’s wife, Libby, serves as the store’s primary in-house designer, while his stepson Dallas Eubanks and daughter-in-law, Andrea, fill such roles as delivery, customer service, sales and media management.
Libby McCurry says that along with “staying on the cutting edge of new styles,” the key to McCurry Furniture’s 100-year-old success comes from putting as much integrity as style into their work.
McCurry Furniture, an Alabama Retail member since 2009, was honored at the 2017 Retail Day luncheon in Birmingham. The business received a bronze plaque to place outside its store and a certificate suitable for display inside.
“For a business to survive the dramatic changes of the past century is a remarkable achievement,” said ARA President Rick Brown. “It is fitting to celebrate the enduring first-century contributions McCurry Furniture has made to Warrior and the surrounding communities.”
The Alabama Retail Association represents retailers, the largest private employer in the state of Alabama, before the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Through sales of food, clothing, furniture, medicine and more, our 4,200 independent merchant and national company members touch almost every aspect of daily living. Since 1943, we’ve worked to promote what’s best for the retail industry in Alabama. Whether voicing the retail view when public policy is made, educating members about issues that impact them, negotiating rates for benefits and services or communicating the retail story, the Alabama Retail Association and its members are better together.