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Alexander's, Blairsville

(35 reviews on the web)
Gift & Specialty Shop
How It All Began....

More than 60 years ago, Hoyt and Ruby Alexander had a dream to leave behind a legacy for generations to come. Hence forth in 1953, Hoyt and Ruby purchased a small trading post in the Trackrock area of Blairsville, Georgia. Hoyt began selling feed and seed, a few groceries, and gas to those in the community and anyone else who may be passing thru. If a customer came into the store looking for something Hoyt didn't have, he was more than glad to make a special trip wherever he needed to go to get whatever the customer needed.

A few short years later, Hoyt and Ruby saw a need to carry clothing and shoes. So, they sat aside a very small section of the store and began carrying a few clothing necessities.

Fast forward to 1977....

After seeking other employment opportunities and not finding anything that felt right, Eddy, Hoyt and Ruby's youngest child, decided to come back to Blairsville to help his Mom and Dad in the store. Eddy had dreams and boy were they big dreams. Eddy decided to start selling hardware supplies and appliances. And as a 24 year old young man he also had a desire to carry guns and ammunition. Hoyt shortly learned that his dream of leaving behind a legacy was going to happen.

In 1978 while working in the store, Eddy met Sandy. The couple soon married and it was only fitting for Sandy to come to work in the family business. Hoyt and Ruby just thought Eddy had big dreams. Sandy had even bigger ones! While Eddy was busy getting the hardware, appliances, and sporting good departments established, Sandy was in the process of growing the clothing and shoe departments. Needless to say with two young whipper snappers that thought the sky was the limit, the store began to expand. A room here and room there, knock this wall out, add a wall here the store quickly went from a very small trading post to a large department store in the middle of no where.

In the mid 90's, Eddy and Sandy decided that furniture would be something good to add to the mix of things. Hence the store would need to be added onto again. At this time Alexander's carried gas, groceries, appliances, mens and ladies clothing and shoes, guns and ammunition, and now furniture. All of this while being a True Value Hardware Store.

Sadly, Ruby passed away in 1995 and Hoyt passed away in 2001. Their values and traditions live on in the store daily... treat everyone with respect and every customer should get service with a smile.

Today the store has an incredible 50,000 square feet of retail space which is hard to imagine just standing out front. Because of the uniqueness of the store, many regard the landmark as a tourist site. What began in 1953 as a small general store has now evolved into a shopping experience with causual yet trendy clothing and shoes, furniture, appliances, guns, ammunition, and archery supplies. As a family owned business, Alexander's has a set of shared traditions and values that are deeply rooted in the history of the store. Eddy and Sandy have carried on the traditions of both Hoyt and Ruby as the second generation and are passing that onto their son Mark and his wife Kennetha, the third generation.

So you see, Alexander's is more than just a store. It's a testimony of how a family business can be passed onto another generation and be successful in today's era of mega stores and mall mania. The next time you travel to the North Georgia Mountains, stop in and wander around the store. We'd love to meet you.
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  • I bought a great buy in a pistol here but searching through the store they have a little of everything. They have a great line of clothes and furniture. Their gun store is top notch with great prices.  more »
  • Anyone in the family can find something at Alexander's, this is the place to find what you are looking for.  more »
  • Excellant clothing selection for us and the kids. Clothes with style and not ashamed to wear. Hunting gear and equipment, furniture with great customer service.  more »
  • Nice store with some really nice things. Just a little too expensive in my opinion.
  • The store itself offers a variety of interesting products. You can find clothes, furniture, books, decorations and even weapons. However, the place is kind of messy and it isn't easy to find someone willing to help you. You usually get lost through the store since it's so narrow and mixed up.
  • My wife loves this store and the fact they ae Christian based and put that on every shopping bag makes us want to support them even more.... so if it's a new Kavu bag, new furniture or a side arm you are after they have it all at Alexander's!
  • Great shopping ! Yes it's good for the soul,a great break from the cold malls. Thank you for the experience and your great service
  • Great store with a wide variety of items from clothes to furniture and appliances to guns and ammo. Probably one of the older stores in Union County as well. You won't be disappointed.