211 E. Broadway

This building was first constructed as a brick warehouse in 1908.

Soon after, the building was remodeled to serve as the first home of the Randolph County Bank. The old bank alarm can still be seen on the north side of the front of the building. The bank moved to a newly constructed building directly across Broadway Street (north) a few years later.

In 1938, Marion Futrell from Paragould, Arkansas, moved to Pocahontas and opened the hardware store that has occupied this building ever since. In 1947, the hardware became a Western Auto dealership. Western Auto Supply Company was a specialty retail chain of stores that supplied automobile parts and accessories. It operated approximately 1200 stores across the United States. The store remained affiliated with Western Auto until 1988 when that company was purchased by Sear, Roebuck and Co. Since that time, the store has operated as Futrell’s Hardware (Byron and Francis Futrell, owners).

The store today contains an amazing array of items. On can find almost everything in the hardware line at Futrell’s as well as small engine repair services. The upstairs of the building and the entire two story building next door (built as the Sallee Building in the 1920s) are packed with a wide range of inventory. Included are automotive parts for cars going back to the 1940s. Stepping into Futrell’s is like going back in time to when auto ownership wasn’t so widespread as today, and stores like Futrell’s Hardware had taken over the role that the equine stores had in the days of real horsepower.