Brentwood ABC store to close

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The change of leaves this fall also will bring about changes within the Wilson ABC Store system.

Wilson County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board General Manager Larry Etheridge said the store in Brentwood Shopping Center will be shuttered after 35 years with the goal of better serving customers.

“We never like to close a store,” Etheridge said in a release. “However, after looking at the footprint of our stores across Wilson, we determined that we have adequate locations to serve our customers. This includes the newer store at Eagle Farm Crossing, which is less than five minutes from Brentwood.

“The Eagle Farm store offers a much greater selection as well as longer hours.”

While the Brentwood shop closed at 7 p.m. on weekdays, the store at 3713 Peppermill Drive N. is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Etheridge added that the store on U.S. 301 was demolished earlier this year and a more modern store also will open it its place in November.

“We are always looking for more efficient and better ways to serve our customers,” he said. “Wilson County residents will be proud of the new store as it will continue the quality standard of all of our newer stores that have been built.”

For more information about local ABC stores, visit wilson.ncabcboards.com/.


A Wilson businessman is being recognized by Merry Maids for making the local franchise one of the fastest-growing in the country.

Cynthia and Ron Harris purchased the Rocky Mount franchise in 2016, growing the territory from four counties to nine counties and from 50 clients to 245 customers. Now they’ve opened a new office in Brentwood with the hopes of growing the business to more than 400 regular customers. And as that goal comes into view, the duo hopes to expand from the 16 cleaners currently employed with hourly pay, full benefits and company cars.

“Our motto with Merry Maids is: ‘Relax. It’s done,’” said Ron Harris. “In most households now, both spouses are working, so they have to take time on nights and weekends away from friends and family to clean. With Merry Maids, that is one thing they can check off their list and not worry about because we take care of it.”

This summer, Ron Harris was nominated for the Dallen Peterson Award — named after the company’s founder — which recognizes leadership, business practices and customer satisfaction.

“What sets Merry Maids apart from other services is we customize our service to fit people’s needs and budgets,” he said. “And we have a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee. Each day we’ll call the customers from the day before to make sure they are satisfied and if something isn’t correct, we’ll go back and correct it at no charge.”

Prices vary based on services, home size and schedules, starting at $95 for an average home. Customers also can call for service for special occasions like holidays or family visits. More than half of the franchise’s customers are one-time customers with 40 percent having Merry Maids clean every other week.

“One thing we can do to address people’s budgets is if someone has parts of their house they don’t use, we can exclude those from normal cleanings and only do them when it is requested,” Ron Harris said. “Or some folks just want us to do dusting and vacuuming while others just want us to do the kitchen and bathroom. We’ll customize it to everyone’s needs.”

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/y7osjjrf or call 252-235-0103.

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