For the past two years Kingstree Town Manager Richard Treme and Main Street Director William Freeman tried to coax Hemingway businessman Bryan Miller into locating a business in the Kingstree area. Miller took a look at the building but decided to wait till the time was right. The time was right in July 2020 when he purchased the former Family Dollar building at 134 Hampton Avenue, renovated it and named it The King’s Tree Merchant’s Market.
A huge crowd turned out for the grand opening. On hand for the ceremony were House Representative Cezar McKnight and Kingstree Town Manager Richard Treme. “I want to welcome you here and I wish you the absolute best,” said McKnight, adding. “If there is anything that myself, Senator (Ronnie) Sabb or Representative Carl Anderson can do for you, please let us know.”
Inside is filled with antique furniture and specialty foods and gift items. Customers shopped to the music of Spencer Hooks while enjoying BBQ sliders from Monkey Bottom Boys. Miller said he is trying to fill a void. “I want to add some diversity here and it has worked out very well, so far,” he said. Miller said besides local customers, he’s had a lot of out-of-town traffic. “Matter of fact, today we had someone from Charlotte.” The store is open Tuesday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30a.m. to 2 p.m.