In today’s small business spotlight, Persons Banking Company introduces you to Clay Williams and Johnny Sanders–the new owners of Chuck’s Gun & Pawn in Warner Robins.
This family-owned business has been a staple for Houston County’s outdoorsmen and women for decades, and Clay and Johnny work hard to ensure it stays that way.
Keep reading to learn more about Clay and Johnny, why they purchased the store, and why they enjoy doing business in Houston County.
About the Owners of Chuck’s Gun & Pawn
Persons Banking Company (PBC):
Tell us a little about yourselves.
Clay Willaims (CW):
I started coming to work at the store when my dad and Chuck purchased the store in 1990.
I always wanted to come work at what I called, at the time, “the worm store.” When I was in high school, I joined a work-study program and worked at the store every day after school.
After graduating from Georgia Southern with a business degree, I came back and started focusing on the management side of the business. I met my wife, Taylor, while working at the store and we have two kids, Colt and Carter.
Johnny Sanders (JS):
I started working at the store at 16 and worked in every department of the store.
I took a special interest in archery and seemed to have a talent in that area. In my twenties it became clear that this was the place I was meant to be and Clay and I started working together as more of a team, managing the store.
What made you decide to buy the business?
We have both worked here for most of our adult lives.
We both have a love for the outdoors, fishing, and hunting. This is a family-owned business and since we both worked our way up to management by putting a lot of hard work into the store, it only seemed natural for us to buy the business when the time came.
What do you enjoy most about owning your business?
It’s still relatively new to us since we just purchased the business about a month ago, but we are excited for the future and being able to own and grow a business that we have invested so much in.
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Doing Business in Houston County
What do you enjoy most about owning a business in Houston County?
We love the people of Houston county. We both grew up here, went to school here, and have developed so many strong relationships with our customers.
Robins Air Force Base is less than a mile from our store and constantly provides the opportunity for new customers. A big part of what we enjoy about Houston County is supporting our military and supporting other local businesses.
How has Persons Banking Company made doing business in Houston County easier?
Persons Banking Company facilitated our loan for the purchase of the business and did a great job. We have set up bill pay for super-easy payments to vendors, and we will also utilize other treasury services offered by Persons.
What advice would you give to a new small business owner?
Do your best to take care of your employees, take pride in what you do, and stand behind your products and services.
Chuck’s Gun and Pawn is located at 603 Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins–just a few blocks away from Robins Air Force Base.
One of the largest gun dealers in the Southeast, Chuck’s is also full-service Archery dealer and carries a full line of gun safes, Yeti coolers, Big Green Egg grills and smokers, and clothing.
The store’s adjacent pawnshop carries one-of-a-kind items and estate jewelry.
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