Member Monday: Smith and Sons

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Member Monday: Rogers Insurance Agency

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 Terri Rogers, owner, of Rogers Insurance Agency.

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Terri Rogers, owner of Rogers Insurance Agency

How long have you been in business?
Since 2012, so about four years now. The insurance business has been in the family going back to the 1950s. I bought the business in 2012 and previously it was Pruitt Insurance.

Why did you choose Anadarko?
In 1999 I became a full agent and I do love this work. We were married in 1979 and we have raised our family here so this is home.

In your words describe your business:
I sell property and casualty insurance and commercial insurance. I also sell bonds. I do a lot of farm and grazing bonds.

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
Just trying to get awareness out about our business. There are a lot of insurance companies out there which means a lot of competition for customers.

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What is the most rewarding part about your job?
The number one thing is making customers happy. When I have customers that come in and visit and let us know that they are satisfied with how we have been able to help them.

If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?
I would just like to see our town grow. If our town grows and the money stays local our people do better.

Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
It helps to promote our businesses around town. If our businesses aren’t connected then it is tough to get the word out. We have to work together to build up our community.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?
Come by and see us at our office at 301 E. Central in Anadarko. We are open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or you can call 405-247-3761 for more information.

Member Monday: Pizza Hut

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 Ron Hargrave, general manager, of Pizza Hut in Anadarko.

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Ron Hargrave, general manager of Pizza Hut in Anadarko.

How long have you been in business?
I’ve been working here for 21 years and the Pizza Hut has been in this location 25 years.


Why did you choose Anadarko?
I first moved here in 1991 and I am originally from North Carolina. I was in the army for 15 years. My wife is from Indiahoma and she has family in this area so that is part of why we decided to move here.

 

In your words describe your business:

Pizza Hut is the largest pizza company in the world. As the general manager, I do everything like count money, serve customers, hire employees and handle complaints.

 

Any recent updates at your business?
The building has been here 25 years and it has not been updated at all until the last month. I asked our owner for a remodel because our biggest complaint was the booths. Originally, we thought the renovation would take a month but it only took three weeks. We’re happy to be open again for our customers.

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Recently remodeled interior is more modern and bright.

What is your biggest challenge in running this business?
One of our biggest challenges is finding employees who want to work and then once they are here for awhile getting them to stay.

 

What is the most rewarding part about your job?

When the customer has had a great experience and there are no complaints. We want to make sure that they are happy.

 

If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?

Finding something for the kids to do would be great. Business wise we want to be able to offer the highest quality product for the best price.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
The Chamber makes the community grow and it helps the city out by getting business input on creating a shared vision. Businesses have to give back to support our community.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?

From me personally I want to thank everyone for their patronage at our store and if they have any questions to please contact me. I’m here to make sure everyone is taken care of. We are open every day at 10:30 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and we are open until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 925 S. Mission in Anadarko. Call to place your order at 405-247-7385.