Smithfield business owner loses $1 million in products from Hurricane Matthew floods


SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — A Johnston County business owner says that he lost $1 million in retail products after his supply warehouse flooded during Hurricane Matthew.


Oxbay LLC, a retail supply warehouse in Smithfield, had up to 20 inches of rain inside of the building from the historic storm.

The company sells selling Christmas and collegiate licensed products throughout the United States and to 400 retailers here in North Carolina.

Perry Harris has owned the company for 15 years and never experienced a flood at his building.

“It’s very emotional. I’ve been trying to do the best I can,” he said. “My kids, I have four kids that work for me. It’s been very hard on my family. We just don’t know what tomorrow brings,” Harris added.

The community has lent a helping hand to the company with the Smithfield First Baptist Church and the Centenary United Methodist Church bringing out crews to help out with the warehouse this week.

Family friend Joe Isely drove all the way from Atlanta to help out.

“You get to the next pile and its just as bad as the first one. Just keep digging through,” Isely said.

“These guys are fantastic people. You can’t beat em. So you gotta come join them and help out where you can and do what you can for them. I don’t know how you recover a business like this from this kind of devastation.  It’s tough,” Isley said.

For the next two weeks on Fridays and Saturdays, the company will have a sale on some of their products they cannot ship to customers in an attempt to help out with finances.

The business is located at 1517 S. Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, N.C. They can be contacted at  (919) 989-9712.

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