Harve Bryant opened Macon County Supply in 1936. When the store was opened, it was the first of its kind in the community, serving as the only supply store in the entire county. Residents travelled from all over the county to Macon County Supply for essential hardware, appliances, furniture, bedding, guns, and farm equipment needs.
Now, 80 years later, Macon Appliance Mart continues to serve the same community, with the same needs. Macon Appliance Mart is now owned and operated by LT Gilbreath and his cousin, Mike Gilbreath.
“I started working at the store in 2006,” said LT. “In 2010, after the current owner Bruce Bryant passed away, Bruce’s son approached me about possibly taking over the business. I then reached out to my cousin Mike and three years later, on June 13, 2013, we bought Macon Appliance.”
Bruce Bryant became a partner in the business in 1950s, the same time Branch Buchanan signed on as a partner. In 1991, Macon County Supply burnt to the ground on Depot Street and was rebuilt and then reopened in the same location in 1992. After the reopening, Branch left the business to open Macon Furniture Mart, leaving Bruce the sole owner and at which point the business was renamed Macon Appliance Mart. LT purchased the business from the Bryant Family.
Macon Appliance Mart has continued operating for eight decades and has served
generations of families in Macon County. The shop currently has five full-time employees and two part-time employees.
Both LT’s wife Jennifer and Mike’s wife,Stephani work at Macon Appliance Mart, keeping alive the tradition of the business being family-owned and operated.
“For a long time Macon Appliance was the only place to purchase supplies in the area, which is a big reason why it did so well back in the day,” said Jennifer Gilbreath. “With the ongoing support from our community, and the loyalty of our customers, Macon Appliance has continued to thrive for so many years.”
Macon Appliance Mart celebrated 80 years of business in Macon County last Saturday with a free community lunch and bounce houses for the kids. As part of their business model, Macon Appliance Mart works to give back to the community that has supported them over the years.
“We are so thankful to everyone who came out to support us at our 80th birthday celebration on Saturday,” said LT. “We couldn’t have done it without support of our community and we are excited to continue serving Macon County for many years to come.”