This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.
This interview was conducted with Gary and Larry Smith, owners, of Smith and Sons.
How long have you been in business?
Our family has had it since August 13th, 1979, is when our dad bought it. This place has been around since 1898. At one time there were 5 lumber yards in this area.
Why did you choose Anadarko?
We have been born and raised here and Anadarko has been good to our family. There is a need here for a lumber yard.
In your words describe your business:
We offer lumber, hardware, electrical and plumbing. We offer everything a big box store would offer. A lot of people may not realize our store is as big as it is, which has about 12,000 square feet space.
What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
Our biggest challenge is keeping up to date with the product mix. We attend a lot of trade shows to find the best things for our customers and to make sure we have the newest available products.
What is the most rewarding part about your job?
Helping people, basically is the most rewarding part of having this business. We are glad to be able to help people solve problems.
If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?
We would want to help bring industry and boost tourism efforts that would bring people into town.
Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
The Chamber promotes your business and to be a place for all the businesses to work together. We hope people realize that there is nothing wrong with asking for help and it can be tough running a business. The Chamber provides resources to help people and businesses.
Anything you would like to share with our audience?
We appreciate all the people that give us business around here. What we have over the big boxes is we support a lot of things around this area and offer quality service to our customers. We are located at 117 SE 2nd in Anadarko and open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Call 405-247-3501 for more information.