Other than to confirm the sale, the owner of a long-time county business is keeping mum about the sale of the business to an out-of-state company.
“Unfortunately that’s true,” said Jay Moseley, owner of grocery wholesaler Moseley and Reece, when speaking of reports circulating in the community that the business has been sold and the 30-odd employees handed pink slips.
The news came as a surprise to Surry County Economic Development Partnership Director Todd Tucker.
“We hadn’t heard anything about it,” Tucker said. “We’ve been trying to schedule an appointment to meet with (Moseley), but he never returned our phone calls.”
According to an employee who asked not to be identified, workers on the company’s day shift were notified that they were going to be out of a job Friday. Night shift workers were notified Monday. The company employs around 30 people, according to the employee.
According to the worker, employees have been given two weeks left on their employment. The company is also providing a bonus paycheck, unemployment and allowing them to cash any unused vacation time.
While it could not be independently confirmed, the employee said the business was bought lock, stock and barrel by Knoxville, Tennessee-based H.T. Hackney and Co.
The worker said employees could understand the move, and that it didn’t come as much of a surprise.
“We’d known that the business was for sale for some time,” they said. “It was listed on an online commercial real estate website.”
They said they are going to miss the job.
“We’re not mad at (Moseley),” they said. “He wants to retire.”
The unidentified worker said next Friday, May 16, will be their last day at work.
“At midnight, Hackney will take control over the property,” they said.
Calls to H.T. Hackney’s corporate office were not returned.
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.