0710 Rent-A-Center

Pictured is the new Morganton Rent-A-Center location in the Magnolia Plaza shopping center.

Morganton’s Rent-A-Center is up and running at its new location and ready to celebrate with a grand reopening.

After moving from East Union Street to the Magnolia Plaza shopping center on Burkemont Avenue, the business reopened on June 18. Rent-A-Center now is in the parcel to the left of the newly opened Big Lots.

“I love it. I think it’s great for the business here,” said store manager Robby Hayes. “It’s nice to be in a shopping center that has other stores, with people coming in and out of (Big Lots).”

Hayes said the store’s new location, which formerly was occupied by Radio Shack, received a complete rebuild. The landlord remodeled the store to a “white box” state. Then, Rent-A-Center had a construction team come in and transform the space into the new store.

The grand reopening will feature a ribbon-cutting on Friday that kicks off a special week of promotions.

“On Friday, the (Burke County) Chamber (of Commerce) is coming out to do a ribbon-cutting and that starts at 1 p.m.,” Hayes said. “Then, we’re doing food, drinks and games. It’s like a whole week of stuff that we’re doing.”

The grand reopening includes a special discount for customers for 50 percent off their first payment.

On Saturday, the reopening week will continue with a balloon pop where the first five customers receive a special discount hidden inside a balloon. Monday’s promotion will be a raffle, where winning tickets will receive giveaways all day.

Tuesday is game day, where customers can play games in the store to receive free time on a purchase agreement. Good Neighbor Day is next Wednesday, July 16, when customers can receive an extra 10 percent discount when their neighbor brings in a special postcard. And Thursday, July 17, will feature a blackjack game night when winners get discounts on new purchase agreements.

Friday, July 18’s Fright Night is a movie night with special treats and prizes for children. The promotional week ends next Saturday, July 19, with Snow Cone Day with snow cones from 1-3 p.m. and a raffle for a grand prize.

According to the Rent-A-Center website, the company owns and operates more than 3,000 stores in 50 states, Washington, D.C., Canada and Puerto Rico. Its corporate headquarters are located in Plano, Texas. The store offers name-brand furniture, electronics, appliances, computers and smartphones through flexible rental purchase agreements that allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed upon rental period.

Rent-A-Center is the latest addition to Magnolia Plaza — which formerly was home to Walmart and Ingles Markets, among others — in recent years following the arrivals of Big Lots, Rural King, Harbor Freight Tools, Buff’s Tire and Service, Domino’s Pizza and the Western Piedmont Community College Cosmetology Center.

Justin Epley can be reached at jepley@morganton.com or 828-432-8943.

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