OAKHURST — Bad news and good news: first, the bad news. After a long and successful 37-year run, the well-known and loved Oakhurst business – The Trading Post – will close its doors within the next two months.
The good news?
“We don’t plan on being gone forever,” says Oakhurst-born co-owner Natashia Burrell. “I’m planning on opening a new shop in the future that will focus on beads and craft supplies, but that will be a separate new business.”
The Trading Post was started by Natashia’s grandparents, Glen Moore and Sandy Baker-Moore, as a yard sale in the early 1980s, and gradually became a much larger operation over the next 10 years. With that success, Natashia’s family moved the business to its current location at 40598 Highway 41.
“Unfortunately, business has decreased in the last few years and it just reached a point that forced us to make a decision. It was definitely not a decision that came easily or that we wanted to make, but we have to do what’s best for ourselves and our families.”
The store is filled with treasures including jewelry, knives, clothes, souvenirs, and so much more. About 75 percent of the inventory will be on sale.
“My grandmother and I would really like to express thanks to the locals for keeping us in business for so long,” Natashia adds. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
People can check out The Trading Post Facebook page during the liquidation to stay current on deals, information on when they will reach the final days of business, and when Natashia’s new shop will open.
Hours for The Trading Post are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day including weekends, with the exception of Wednesday when they are closed.