One year ago, South Main Iron opened their doors in beautiful downtown Paris and to say their first year in business has gone well would be an understatement.
“Since we opened in April of 2018, we have had a huge welcome from the community and so much from the riding community,” says Kris Estep, Director of Operations with South Main Iron.
South Main Iron started their journey only four people on staff and has grown to an incredible team of 10, which is no doubt a shining representation of their vision, “an extraordinary business starts with an extraordinary team.”
If you appreciate history and a historic building with a slightly industrial twist, then don’t pass up the opportunity to visit South Main Iron.
The building has been vacant for years, besides storing over 40 vehicles, and was once a car dealership, however, a new era was launched this time last year as Ryan Whitaker opened the doors to his dream business.
“Everything in the building is original from the wiring and windows to the smell and it’s that old, industrial feel that we love,” said Whitaker.
“I’ve always enjoyed seeing that look people have on their face when they first walk in,” said Estep. “The look can only be described as ‘not what they expected’.”
Estep describes the building as nostalgic but with an industrial feel which they love.
“Our business doesn’t have a corporate atmosphere and we believe that is why our customers appreciate South Main Iron so much.”
However, the vision for the business and building go far beyond what has been done so far.
“Growth is happening every day and we couldn’t be more excited about the changes around SMI,” said Whitaker. “Our growth has come from listening to our customers’ needs and what their great expectations are.”
And their customers have always come first at South Main Iron and this weekend is no exception.
To celebrate their year anniversary, South Main Iron is throwing a party Saturday, April the 20th at their headquarters located at 255 SW 1st Street, Paris, Texas. (Kaufman Street between SW 1st Street and South Main Street will be closed).
The event begins at 3 p.m. with the Jared Mitchell Band to kick things off, followed by Sons of Fannin at 5 p.m. and Dalton Domino to close things out.
Also present will be a variety of food trucks, music, games, a beverage stand provided by Paris Mobile Bar and much more.
Baby Gunn’s Animal Rescue will also be on site.
“We here at South Main iron are very excited to have everyone celebrate with us and have a look on all that we planned for the coming years,” says Estep.
“To all our amazing customers, thank you so much for an amazing year,” said Whitaker. “As our building continues its growth and our service department expands, we would encourage everyone to stop in to celebrate with us and to see the transformation take place.”
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