By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Chancelors Store, a family-owned business, strives to be friendly and fair to its customers.
This new shop, located along Husky Highway right past the Barrackville intersection in the Floyd Construction Complex, opened at the beginning of May. Worthy Jenkins Jr. owns Chancelors Store, which is a spinoff of the auction business that his father-in-law Mike Zemonick runs. Jenkins is one of the auctioneers.
The family got started in the business in May of 1994 by buying out an auction house. Two years later, they moved the operations to the auction’s current home north of Farmington on Route 250 just before North Marion High School.
The auction, which is held at 6 p.m. on Saturdays, sells a lot of used household items, tools, estates, personal properties and other new merchandise.
Because they ended up with a lot of used furniture and also had pieces of their own that they had kept over the years, Jenkins said they decided to open a store to sell those items as well as other treasures. Chancelors Store offers antiques, collectibles, glassware, tools, West Virginia University merchandise, Scentsy, and other odds and ends.
“We’re always out looking for that deal to pass on,” he said.
Much of the inventory comes from auctions, and the store also buys some pieces from people who call or stop by. Jenkins has a book where he records requests for certain new and used items that customers are trying to find.
Chancelors Store accepts debit and credit cards, and does a lot of business through its Facebook page.
He said he enjoys the pace of the business and getting to chat with the customers.
“You learn a lot of history from the people that you talk to around here about the community and the stuff we sell, which is good,” Jenkins said. “We try to make friendships with our customers. We want to build that relationship.”
The family, who lives in the Plum Run area, has been involved in business for many years. He and his wife Michelle Zemonick-Jenkins also operate Frank’s Hideout, and her father Mike Zemonick owns the video lottery place Blondie’s.
They know how vital it is to work hard, treat customers right and show appreciation to people who visit their establishments.
“If you’re going to put in the effort to do something, you might as well do it yourself,” Jenkins said. “Nobody will work your business as hard as you do, because it is exactly yours and you’re only going to get out of it what you put into it.”
He thanked Bill Floyd of Floyd Construction for working with them and helping them as they were trying to set up Chancelors Store. The family spent about two months cleaning, painting and renovating the building in the Floyd Construction Complex.
The store is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 304-366-8814 or visit Chancelors Auction and Store on Facebook.
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