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Crain Hyundai of Fort Smith

3600 S Zero St, Fort Smith, AR 72908

Address: 3600 S Zero St, Fort Smith, AR 72908

The HISTORY OF THE CRAIN COMPANIES
The Crain Companies began as "Paul Crain Wholesale" in Searcy, Arkansas in the early 1950s. "Mr. Paul," Larry Crain Sr.'s father, started out "peddling" tire repair items, health and beauty aids, fishing tackle and other general merchandise out of the trunk of his car. His customers were primarily small town "mom and pop" grocery stores and service stations. His business grew first into a van and later to a small "warehouse" (his garage) and association with other peddlers, namely Hartsell Capps and Wendal Pettus. The seat-of-the pants operation grew up to the time Larry Crain, Sr. came on the scene in 1966. Larry had graduated from the University of Arkansas with an accounting degree, passed the C.P.A. exam, worked three years for the Peat Marwick Mitchell accounting firm, and decided he wanted to go into business for himself.
In 1966, the company, then known as Crain Sales Company, built a new sprawling (10,000 square feet) headquarters on Highway 36 in Searcy, which in an expanded form (50,000 square feet) served as the company's headquarters and main distribution facility until July 1992 when the company moved to the new 72,000 square foot office and warehouse in North Little Rock. In 1977, Larry Sr. and Danny Lesley purchased Kargo, Inc. of Memphis from U-Haul Company. Kargo, Inc. of Memphis expanded, and was merged into The Crain Companies in a new 30,000 square foot facility on Mendenhall Road in Memphis.

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