Washington’s ‘Big Bargains’ for 50 years

Published 1:59 am Wednesday, August 10, 2011

BizLine is a weekly feature highlighting local businesses serving Washington and Beaufort County. This week’s BizLine, the first ever, focuses on Big Bargain Furniture and its longtime owner, Billy Jefferson. Jefferson and his staff are celebrating Big Bargain’s 50th anniversary this year.


Billy Jefferson talks shop at his Big Bargain Furniture in Washington. (WDN Photo/Jonathan Clayborne)

Name of business: Big Bargain Furniture
Name of owner(s): Billy Jefferson
Address of business: 120 W. Main St., Washington, N.C.
Date business opened: 1961-2011, celebrating our 50th anniversary.
Q: What type of business do you operate — what do you sell, or what service do you provide?
A: Retail, furniture.
Q: Where are you from, and why did you decide to open your business in Beaufort County?
A: Washington, N.C.
Q: What experience do you have in this field?
A: Sixty years in retail sales.
Q: What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?
A: Personal service to our customers.
Q: What types of customers do you hope to reach in Beaufort County?
A: Our desire is to service all customers that come through our doors.
Q: Why did you choose to open where you did?
A: Because Washington is my home and family and friends live here.
Q: What are your plans for your company’s future?
A: Plans are that at my retirement my son Bill will continue the family business.
Compiled by Jonathan Clayborne