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Ten Businesses Open on Williamson Road for 50 Years or More

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Williamson Road has seen its share of ups and downs, but we've discovered at least 10 businesses that have been on the road for 50 years or more.

Talk to anyone working at Northwest True Value Hardware Store on Williamson Road and it'll be hard to find an employee who hasn't worked there longer than 15 years.

Store president Charlie Overstreet says he's seen many businesses come and go on Williamson Road.

"Williamson Road has evolved through the years," Overstreet says. "It's a good spot to do hardware and it's a good place to do business."

Magic City Ford is celebrating 75 years of business this year, 53 of which have been on Williamson Road.

"It shows the longevity ... [and] the sustainability of Williamson Road," says Wendy Jones with the Williamson Road Area Association. "These businesses that have been here 50-plus years, they've seen the not-so-highs, the highs, and the past five years have seen some real changes."

"I've seen a lot of growth just in the past few years I've been the president," said Cameron Johnson, Magic City Ford's president. "We hope Williamson Road continues to do really well because that means we can do really well."

Some of the businesses have been passed down from generation to generation, including Magic City Ford, which is now on their fourth generation of owners. Statistics show only three percent of family businesses ever make it to the fourth generation.

"I'm so fortunate my great-grandfather and my grandfather started the dealership back in the 1930s and it's been in my family for 75 years now," Johnson says.