Keeping Homes Beautiful: Charles Biddix

By Leslie Moore

Keeping Homes Beautiful: Charles Biddix

Charles Biddix, Palmetto Ace Home Center

Please share a few great things about your hometown.

I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was a great place for a kid to grow up. I grew up on a street with lots of kids, and we all played outside most of the time. When it was time to eat, our mothers would ring a bell, or our friends’ moms would invite us to stay for supper. Back then it snowed a good bit every winter, and we would “borrow” street barricades from the roads and block off a big hill. It was so much fun, until the local police made us put the barricades back!

Today, Charlotte is such a beautiful city. It’s very different from when I grew up, but I think the city planners did a wonderful job.

When did you move to the area? What do you love about living here?

I moved to Atlanta in 1988 and owned an Ace Hardware there. In 2007, I came to Pawleys Island and opened Palmetto Ace Home Center.

I love being on the beach – there is nothing like the sand and sun. The pace is nicer here, and the community is incredible. I am blessed with great friends and customers. The mountains are my second favorite place though. I love snow skiing.

What would your dream home look like?

My dream home would be right here in Pawleys Island, but on the Waccamaw River. It would be a Lowcountry home with a huge porch where I could sit with a cold beverage and watch the gorgeous sunsets over the river.

Where did you get married?

Maryanne and I have been married 23 years. We got married here, at First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach, and the reception was at Pawleys Plantation.

What’s new and exciting at Palmetto Ace Home Center?

Recently, the President of Ace Hardware visited our store, and he was very impressed. We have 28,000 SKUs (items), and Ace Hardware provides another 82,000 SKUs (items) for us to choose from for our customers. Many people don’t realize that we are not a franchise we are a co-op; we actually own our stores and are encouraged to find our own niche to fit our customers’ needs.

Our store in Pawleys Island has everything from fine gifts to cocktail napkins to lawn mowers to home repair items to fishing supplies. A large percentage of our customers are women, and we want them to enjoy shopping with us. Palmetto Ace Home Center is a home repair supply store, and a place to find that perfect gift! Our customers are always our priority. We have received the JD Power Award for customer service eight years in a row. We know we are competing with the big boxes and online stores, so, if someone comes in and says they can get it cheaper elsewhere, we will try to match their price or find a suitable substitute for the right price.

Visit Palmetto Ace Home Center, located at 8317 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. Hours are Monday – Friday 7:30am – 7pm, Saturday 8am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. For more information, call 843-235-3555.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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