Doug Henry dealership named Farmville Merchant of the Month
The Farmville Enterprise
Monday, December 26, 2016
A Farmville business celebrating its 25-year anniversary also has the honor of being named the December Merchant of the Month.
Judy Gidley, director of the Farmville Chamber of Commerce, recently presented the award to Doug Henry, owner of Doug Henry Chevrolet-Buick-GMC at 8567 W. Marlboro Road.
“Doug is one of my favorite people in town,” Gidley said. “He is a quiet man and an unsung hero of our town. He does a lot for Farmville.”
The dealership is a consistent sponsor at local events throughout the year, including the Dogwood Festival, chamber golf tournament and A Taste of Farmville.
“It is because of all these nice things he does that he deserves this award,” Gidley said.
Henry said giving back to the community is what any business owner should do.
“We should take care of our community,” he said. “It is our friends who buy our cars, and we want to take care of our friends. I don’t take our customers and friends for granted.”
Henry started selling vehicles at age 21, although getting a job at a local car dealership was not easy.
“I begged and begged people to give me a job. No one would hire me,” he said.
His luck soon changed, and he was offered a job at a dealership in Greenville. He spent five years there before moving to Kansas City for four years and then to Chicago — all the time in the car sales business.
In July 1991, Henry, a native of Asheboro and a graduate of East Carolina University, returned to North Carolina.
“I wanted my own dealership,” Henry said.
A dealership in Farmville had filed bankruptcy, and Henry was determined to make it his.
“No one would give me a loan. They were probably smart,” Henry said with a laugh.
Using his own cash and maxing out all of his credit cards, Henry purchased the business and opened Doug Henry Chevrolet-Buick-GMC. He now has seven locations — two in Tarboro and one each in Ayden, Farmville, Greenville, Kinston and Goldsboro.
Doug Henry employs 200 people, including 28 at the Farmville location.
The Farmville location’s service department is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and its sales department is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. Both departments close at 5 p.m. on Saturdays.