60 Seconds With Jack Peek
by Clay Neely
How did you get started in the business?
I’m one of ten children, born on the farm, dirt poor and I went into the field when I was 7 so that I could make food to eat. Back then, no one got any kind of education except the girls. I worked at the service station, working here and there. I had just got married and was working for a saw company in East Point. I came home one night and told my wife, “I put my notice in. I’m not doing what I want to do.” So I went doing odd jobs here and there and finally settled down on being a businessman. That was 51 years ago.
How has your business changed over the years?
We initially did service work. We sold paint, water heaters and all kinds of things. We even sold televisions for many years. One day, I heard Walmart was already in Alabama and someone said they’re coming to Newnan so that’s when we shifted 100 percent of what we do now. No discount store can do what we do.
What’s the best advice to someone who wants to start their own businesses nowadays.
You can’t be everything to everybody. You have decide on what you want to do and do it. Service what you sell and take care of your customer. I don’t sell anything a discount store sells and I don’t work on anything they sell. If we don’t sell it we don’t service it. But remember that the customer is #1 because if you ain’t got a customer, you ain’t got a business.