Photo by Annette Joyce/NWO | A large trash dumpster sits outside one of the historic buildings on Stokesdale’s main street. Matt Moorefield, owner of MCM Resourcing, has purchased two additional buildings and is setting plans in motion to give downtown Stokesdale another facelift.
by ANNETTE JOYCE
STOKESDALE - Storefront by storefront, Matt Moorefield is poised to remake the once-thriving strip of historic buildings across U.S. 158 from Stokesdale Fire Department. Moorefield owns MCM Resourcing, a national retail contractor which relocated to downtown Stokesdale last year after the company purchased and renovated the building that had been home to Southern Hardware for decades; it had been vacant since former owner Ted Southern retired and closed the store in December 2017.
Six months after he retired, Southern sold the three-story Southern Hardware building to Moorefield, who subsequently purchased three more buildings from South Rich LLC, a partnership owned by Southern, Mark Richardson and Garfield Apple. After renovating space for his own business, Moorefield got to work on renovating the building now occupied by Pineapple Porch; he also owns the building leased to Gonzalez Contractors, LLC.
Now, Moorefield has purchased two more buildings to the west side of his business and is in the process of obtaining permits to renovate his latest investments.
"We purchased the two buildings from (the Dr. Mervyn King family) and they're getting their stuff out," he said, explaining why there has been a dumpster sitting outside the buildings in recent weeks.
The King family owns Countryside Village Retirement Community and had used the two buildings as storage space.
At this point, Moorefield said he has had a lot of inquiries from people interested in possibly leasing the buildings, but hasn't made any commitments. He is hoping to bring in more retail business.
Besides working on renovating the buildings, Moorefield has been in contact with Duke Energy and hopes to further enhance their appearance by eliminating the unsightly electrical wires which extend across U.S. 158.