the years, The Lloyd Company has sold everything from farm tractors
to scented candles to couches. When Byron Lloyd's grandfather, Floyd
Drummond, began the business as Drummond Implement Co. in the late 1930s,
he sold farm implements, GMC trucks, Pontiac automobiles and a full
selection of hardware.
His grandfather opened stores in Portsmouth, Washington Court House,
Chillicothe and Hillsboro, but the store in Bainbridge remained the
primary store. "At one time, he was the largest implement dealer
in the world, Lloyd says.
His parents, Ed and Jane Lloyd, took over the store in 1956 and changed
the name to The Lloyd Co. They expanded the hardware department and
his mother added a gift collection.
At that time, the implement business was changing with more factory-owned
stores. So his parents gave up that segment of the business, but still
the early 1970's his parents gave up the Pontiac dealershipand changed
the automobile showroom into a furniture section.
"I started working here when I was big enough to push buttons on
a cash register, Lloyd says. By 1990, he took over the business,
and in 1993, he opened a Chillicothe store on Water Street.
The Bainbridge store still sells hardware along with gifts, household
goods, collectibles and furniture. The Chillicothe store sells mostly
gift and decorating items.
The store is unusal, in that it only has one sale a year, on New Year's
Day. Instead of holding constant sales, the furniture is always sold
at 40 percent below the manufacturer's suggested retail price. On the
yearly, one-day sale, the store is packed!