Barnes Store in Carrollton
Barnes Store has a rich history of Family, Community, and Service.
From Mableton to Carrollton – Barnes Store Beginnings
In 1929, W.H. Barnes opened the original Barnes Store in Mableton, GA. Beginning as a general store, Barnes Store eventually became a general-purpose store, selling groceries, firearms and just about everything in between! Mr. Barnes had two sons, who both had an interest in expanding the family business, but in two very different manners. Barnes Hardware was started by Benson Barnes while Bill Barnes chose to stay closer to the original Barnes Store model. Bill’s son, W.C. Barnes, eventually opened the Carrollton location in 1988 originally as an extension of the Mableton location, though the Carrollton-based Barnes Store we all know and love today would quickly take on its own identity.
Barnes Store – The Carrollton Transformation
The Carrollton Barnes Store was administrated by W.C. Barnes’ daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Gary Hardy. Sadly, Nancy Hardy passed away in 1997. She left the Carrollton Barnes Store in the hands of her husband, Gary, and his very capable staff. The Carrollton Barnes Store would continue to grow and flourish into the beloved community icon it is today. In 2006, Gary Hardy was ready to move on from the day-to-day operations of the Barnes Store and sold the store to his trusted friend and long-time employee, Scott Broome. Scott chose to carry on the legacy of the Barnes family, and keep the Barnes name that had long been associated with West Georgia’s locally-owned heritage.
Today, Barnes Store in Carrollton is known inside and outside of Carroll County as one of the premier local sporting goods stores, and has become just as famous by being a great place to get all your favorite outdoor apparel, boutique clothing, and southern lifestyle accessories. Barnes Store always works hard to give back to the West Georgia community, whether through annual events like November’s “Coats for Kids” campaign, or by sponsoring local fishing teams in Douglas County, Carroll County, Haralson County, and more. Barnes is also on the board for the Carroll County Aim for Advocacy Center, which is a refuge organization for abused kids in and around Carroll County. Other supported organizations include Habitat for Humanity, the Shriners’ Hospital, local law enforcement and firefighting organizations, and a multitude of local churches and community organizations. Barnes works hard to give back to our community, not just because our people largely live and work in our community, but because our community has given so much to us.
Great prices, and quality merchandise I had a great time shopping there
Best outdoor store in the world! Awesome store and awesome people!