Family Fare

Family Fare store owner Travis Hanson manned the cash register at Family Fare this week.

A new home décor shop and convenience store are making business news this week. Also, Waffle House and the popular surplus store are moving to new locations in town.

Vicki Lynn’s Place featuring Todd Allen Designs

A new business has joined the shops on Tazewell Street. Vicki Lynn’s Place featuring Todd Allen Designs recently opened. The home décor and gift shop is located at 177 Tazewell St. in the Old Stage Mall.

Store owner Vicki Smith was the owner of Hannah’s Attic for several years downtown. She and Todd Allen Bailey are co-workers at Lowe’s, and together, they have opened Vicki Lynn’s.

The front of the store is dedicated to Bailey’s handcrafted creations, including one-of-a-kind furniture, pillows and home accents for inside and outside the home. Todd Allen Designs previously was an online-only store; customers can still contact Bailey through the website at Bailey also offers decor services for residential and commercial spaces.

A second room inside the store is stocked with a variety of items for the home and gifts, including bedding, jewelry, knick-knacks and more. In addition to selling at the store, Smith conducts auctions for items on the store’s Facebook page, Vicki Lynn’s Place.

The storefront is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Family Fare

The Family Fare Convenience Store opened recently. For months, downtown drivers have seen steady construction work at the new store at the corner of East Main and 11th streets.

The site is the former location of a Circle K convenience store. Family Fare, based in Durham, North Carolina, tore down the Circle K building to make way for a sparkling new store, new Shell gas pumps and a parking lot.

The Wytheville store is the company’s first store in Virginia.

Family Fare has been in business since 1936 has nearly 90 stores in North Carolina. Family Fare sells a wide range of items, including gasoline, fountain drinks, groceries, lottery tickets, health and beauty care products, packaged beverages and other convenience items.

The Circle K at that Main Street location closed in February 2017.

Waffle House

In about a year, you will be able to order your hash browns - smothered, covered and diced – at a new Waffle House location. The iconic breakfast house plans to open a new restaurant beside Applebee’s next year.

Local real estate records show that the company purchased a lot between Applebee’s and Food Lion on March 25 from the George Fisher estate, paying $190,000 for the land.

Pat Warner, Waffle House public relations director, said in an email that the company is looking at a May 2020 opening.

Surplus Store

Wytheville’s Surplus Property Store/Warehouse at 800 E. Main St. is moving to a new location. Dena Potter, director of communications for the Virginia Department of General Services, which operates the store, said DGS has signed a lease with the landlord of the Rural King property and plans to move the store to that shopping center.

“We do not have a final move date at this time but will share that with our customers when we do,” she said in an email.

The surplus store is where old furniture and vehicles go when they are no longer needed by government employees. The store also houses items like knives and jewelry that the Transportation Security Administration confiscates at some of Virginia’s airports.

The Wytheville store is the only state surplus facility that operates as a retail store. The store is divided into two sections: one is open to government and nonprofit employees, and the other is open to the public.

Numerous state and local agencies, in addition to non-profit organizations, benefit by purchasing items at low cost through the surplus store. It’s a favorite of everyday bargain hunters, too.

The surplus store has a little bit of everything. Inside, there are desks, chairs, tables, computers, printers, copiers and more. How about jewelry? Gold or silver? Take your pick. Knives? Big ones, little ones, pocket, steak and butter. Watches? All kinds. Not to mention school supplies, kitchen equipment, forklifts, regular forks, spoons, buses and vans. And don’t forget filing cabinets.

The Wytheville Surplus Property Store/Warehouse is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To reach Millie Rothrock, call 276-228-6611, ext. 35, or email

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