Neon Junction has a new look and Letcher County residents have a new place to buy mobile home supplies and construction materials – some of which are manufactured locally.
Surplus & More is the name of a new business located in a renovated shopping center at Neon. The building was once home to the now-defunct Maloney’s discount chain, and was most recently occupied by the Dollar General Store, a video rental store, and a pizza parlor.
Mayking businessman Randy Blair bought the building two years ago with the idea of remodeling it and renting it for use as a skating rink. When plans for the skating rink fell through, Blair decided to convert the structure into a “builder’s warehouse” like those he had been patronizing in other towns during the remodeling project at Neon Junction.
“We were going over to Prestonsburg and Corbin and different places like that,” Blair said. “That’s where the idea came from.”
Surplus & More, says Blair, sells all items needed to complete a new construction or remodeling project “except the actual framing and lumber.”
Among the items in stock are all types of flooring (hardwood, laminate, and vinyl); four styles of kitchen cabinets; water heaters, bathroom vanities, commodes, bathtubs, shower stalls and the plumbing materials needed to install them; vinyl windows for new construction; light fixtures; doors; furniture; and a large selection of hardware.
Surplus & More also stocks a large supply of finishing lumber and molding that is manufactured from oak and poplar trees by Isom resident Henry Madden.
“It’s good-looking wood and top-quality, too,” Blair said. “We try to do all the stuff we can with local people.”
Blair said that every item sold in the store is made of “Grade A, number one materials.”
“None of it is ‘pressboard’ or particle board,” he said.
By taking advantage of production overruns and bulk pur- chases, Blair said, Surplus & More is able to sell its merchandise at a much lower price than is available at the large discount building supply stores which serve the region.
Pointing to a large whirlpool bathtub as an example, Blair said the same tub he is able to sell for $525 “will cost you $800 or more anywhere else you go.”
“I buy them by the truckload,” he said.
Blair said Surplus & More also offers the area’s largest selection of specialty mobile home parts, including windows, doors, tubs, underpinning, and plumbing supplies.
“We sell the heck out of that stuff,” he said. “You can’t just find that anywhere.”
Blair said he and other members of the staff have been receiving compliments on the way they have improved a building that “was terribly run down” when he bought it.
“Everybody’s tickled that we did something with it,” he said. “And we’re happy with it, too. I’m satisfied with the building right now.”
Surplus & More, which now employs four persons in addition to Blair, is open for business between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
“We hope to add employees and increase our stock as busi- ness picks up,” said Blair.