FRANKLIN, Tenn. - For nearly 30 years Henpeck Market has been a landmark on Lewisburg Pike in Williamson County. Hard times forced the market into foreclosure last week. That is when a loyal customer decided to step in and take over the business.
Carl Moore has filled in his crossword puzzles over a cup of coffee at Henpeck Market for several years. A while back, he invested $250,000 to gain the right of refusal when the owner eventually decided to sell the business.
Not too long ago, Moore learned the bank was foreclosing on Henpeck Market and he was about to lose his quarter of a million dollar investment. So he talked it over with his sister and they decided try and buy the business at auction last Friday.
Moore's bid to buy the business was successful and he purchased the market, and everything inside of it, for $700,000.
Now, Moore and his sister Sharon have started the renovations that will transform the property into the Henpeck Village Market.
The brother and sister thought they knew what they were getting into at last week's auction.
"We can go in, we can probably do a few things, get a business license, get our bank account open. Two or three, we'll be up and running. That was the original thought," Sharon Moore said.
The two new owners quickly learned the Henpeck building had fallen on hard times and was in disrepair. It was not a turn-key operation.
"We decided that it would be better off to close it down, do it right," Moore explained.
The market has been cleared out so changes can be made inside.
"Just so we can see the bare walls, so we can see what kind of repairs we have to make," according to Moore.
The walls will be painted shades of green, a pressed tin ceiling will be installed, and new wood flooring will be put down.
A corner that was once a coffee bar will soon house an ice cream parlor.
The Moore's are gutting the market's kitchen. It will allow them to transform Henpeck from a deli into a legitimate restaurant when it re-opens.
"We're just taking it to the limit, we'll be high quality stuff in here. But still with that country, family feel. That's what we're going for," Moore said.
An unexpected part of the purchase for Sharon Moore has been the chicken coop that sits on the side of the market.
She had to go to the local Tractor Supply Store to get a crash course in how to take care of chickens.
"How often do you feed them, how much water, what do you do, how do you gather eggs," Moore said.
The brother and sister team hope to have Henpeck Village Market open by mid to late March.
The popular Loft cooperative store about the market will also re-open at that time.
Many of the long time employees of Henpeck Market will also be back when the Williamson County landmark reinvents itself in a few weeks.