Gresham Plumbing Supply Co. Opens in Beckley, Small Businesses Bounce Back from Tough 2020
BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – Gresham Plumbing Supply opened a new location in Beckley on Thursday, December 2, 2021, amid a record year for small businesses in the region.
Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold was present at the ceremony, he told 59 News he was blown away by the number of small businesses that have appeared in the town this year.
“It’s amazing the number of ribbon cuts for new and expanding businesses that have opened in the past six months,” Rappold said. “I think I cut more ribbons in the past six months than in the past six years.”
Michelle Rotellini of the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce said she was set to welcome a record number of new businesses this year.
“We opened over 60 new businesses in 2021, and we’re so proud to be where we are now,” Rotellini said. “These are good economic times for our region. “
And that’s great news for small businesses like Gresham Plumbing Supply. Especially after the pandemic caused hardship for many businesses in 2020.
“The plumbing in Gresham, when COVID-19 hit last year, was crippling,” said Michael Woody, owner of Gresham Plumbing Supply. “February, March, April… I mean, business has completely dried up. “
However, a year later, they join a host of new businesses that are flocking to the Beckley area. Mayor Rappold attributes this return to the courage of his home country.
“Not just Beckley. Not just County Raleigh. West Virginia are fighters, ”the mayor said. “If we’re down, we don’t stay that way for long. We find a way to come back and be productive, to have a smile on our face and to make things happen.
Gresham Supply is open at 340 N. Eisenhower Dr. in the old Beckley Produce building.